Congress Ends Shutdown, Allows Spending Increases

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The House of Representatives voted 240-186 to approve the joint funding and budget bill the Senate already passed shortly after 5:30 a.m.

Seventy-three Democrats joined 167 Republicans to put the bill over the top and send it to the of desk President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it shortly, ending the second government shutdown of 2018 only hours after it began.

The fiscal concerns of conservative budget-hawks like House Freedom Caucus members Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and the immigration concerns of liberal open-borders advocates like Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) were not enough to prevent the bill’s passage. In all, 67 Republicans and 119 Democrats voted against the bill.

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