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House Democrats to Vote on Ending Shutdown as They Take Majority

Dec. 31, 2018, 6:31 PM

House Democrats will use their new majority Jan. 3 to vote on legislation to end the U.S. government shutdown without adding funds for President Donald Trump’s border wall, but the GOP-controlled Senate already has signaled it won’t act without White House consent.

The plan is to pass two separate bills, one reopening eight departments—which have been closed since Dec. 22—through September 2019 and another temporarily reopening the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, two House Democratic aides said Dec. 31.

The partial government shutdown is an unwelcome gift for the new Congress, which opens Jan. 3 with the House...

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