On Friday, January 19 at midnight the third stop gap continuing resolution (CR) expired with no hope to keep the federal government open. The federal government shut down for three days as appropriations had not been enacted for fiscal year 2018 due to policy differences among Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate. After a weekend of debate in the Senate, they voted to pass a 4th continuing resolution to keep the government open and funded until February 8, 2018. The House passed the resolution and the President signed the CR on Monday evening.
Senate Democrats accepted Majority Leader, McConnell’s promise to bring legislation to the Senate floor to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection for “DREAMERS” in exchange for voting on yet another stop gap measure until February 8. The bill also funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. A budget deal is still needed for full-year funding.