Trump signs bill to reopen government
President Trump has signed a bill reopening the federal government Monday after it passed both houses of Congress.
The House followed the Senate in passing legislation toafter a weekend-long shutdown 266-150. The Senate vote was 81-18. The measure now goes to President Trump Monday night for his signature, enabling the government to reopen for business Tuesday morning.
The bill funds the government through Feb. 8, extends the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, and delays three Obamacare taxes. The House also concurred with a Senate resolution to pay federal workers through the shutdown.
In a statement from Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), he was glad both sides came to an agreement:
“Today, an overwhelming majority in the Senate voted to end the government shutdown and to continue the broader negotiations on a long-term spending measure. This shutdown was entirely avoidable – something made clearer by the fact that what we passed today was basically the same agreement that had been proposed since Friday. Regardless, I’m pleased to see both sides of the aisle come together to reach an agreement to ensure our military and federal workers continue to get paid, critical functions of government continue, and thousands of children across Alaska and the country get the healthcare they need through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – which will be extended for six years.
“As we move forward, I will be closely working with my colleagues on issues related to immigration reform, including DACA and stronger border security. More broadly, I will continue to work with a bipartisan group to reform what for too long has been a broken budgetary process, which has consisted of short-term funding measures (continuing resolutions) and massive end of year omnibus packages. The American people deserve better.”
In a statement from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), she was also pleased with the outcome:
“I have been actively working over the weekend, with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to help facilitate an agreement. I am pleased that we were able to put our differences aside to get the government back on track and do what’s right for our country. Together, we ended a government shutdown that has been disruptive to the thousands of Alaskans who are federal employees, contractors, and those who rely on the services provided by our federal agencies.This short-term solution allows time to finish our work on a full-year funding bill and also address bigger picture issues.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us --- from securing full funding for our military to providing disaster relief to stabilizing the individual healthcare market. It is also crucial that we prioritize protections for DACA recipients and have the broader discussion on immigration. Now is the time to build on the bipartisan momentum we have built in the Senate, work together and resolve these issues for the American people.”
The measure now goes to President Trump's desk. Once he signs it, the government will reopen. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders expects that to be early this evening, she told reporters Monday.
CBS News contributed to this story