Here's the scoop on what's happening this week in Congress.
Partial government shutdown tracker: 35 days
On Thursday, January 24, the Senate voted on two bills that would reopen the government. The first bill had a measure that largely followed President Trump’s proposal which included funding for all seven of the remaining FY’19 spending bills and $5.7 billion for funding a southern border wall. The legislation would also temporarily extend the DACA and Temporary Protected Status programs and include money to help aid regions effected by natural disasters. The bill failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to pass the Senate.
The second bill that was considered would reopen the government under a continuing resolution (CR) and fund the seven remaining funding bills at FY’18 levels through February 8. This also failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to pass the Senate. Therefore, the partial government shutdown continues with no end in sight.
On January 23, President Trump sent a letter to Representative Pelosi confirming his plans to hold the State of the Union, as planned, on January 29. In response Pelosi sent a letter to President Trump rescinding his invitation to deliver the State of the Union on the House floor until the government is reopened. Via twitter President Trump agreed to deliver the State of the Union at a later date.