Congress Passes Spending Bill To End Government Shutdown

Senate approves measure 81-18.
House then votes 266-150 to pass the bill that will get sent to President Trump

The measure will only fund the government through February 8th

WASHINGTON — Congress voted to end the government shutdown Monday after three days of tense negotiations resulted in a three-week spending bill that sets up another potential showdown next month.

Senate Democrats paved the way for the deal ahead of a noon vote on a key procedural measure that needed their support to end the funding impasse. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats would drop their objections to the bill in exchange for GOP assurances that Congress would take up a larger immigration bill in the coming weeks.

Once it cleared the Senate Monday afternoon, the House quickly approved the stopgap measure by a 266-150 vote and it now heads to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign it and officially end the standoff.

The decision by Democrats to end the shutdown has divided the party, with some members saying they received enough of a public assurance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold him accountable and others saying that the party caved.