Congress Votes to End Government Shutdown

On Monday, January 22, the Senate voted 81-18 for a stopgap spending measure that would end a three-day shutdown and fund the government through February 8. Senate Democrats agreed to the bill after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to allow an immigration bill to reach the floor next month. The bill, which is identical to the four-week funding measure sent by the House to the Senate last week except for a new expiration date of February 8, was then sent to the House, who approved it by a vote of 266-150; it now goes to the White House, where the President is expected to sign it.

While NAHRO is pleased that Congress has voted to end the government shutdown, we continue to focus on vital increases to the spending cap for FY 2018 and on the quick passage of an omnibus funding bill.

NAHRO will continue to keep members informed on this issue. For policy and program questions, please contact Georgi Banna at For advocacy and Congressional relations questions, please contact Tess Hembree at

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