On Monday afternoon, the Senate passed the three-week spending bill with a vote of 81 to 18. The House approved it that evening, providing additional government funding until Feb. 8. The bill now heads to the Oval Office desk for the President’s signature. Democrats originally held back their votes Friday in an attempt to incite legislation on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA). The program protects individuals who were brought to the U.S.
The Senate adjourned Sunday night without agreeing on a resolution, extending the government shutdown into the third day. “We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that is acceptable to both sides,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated. The Senate will continue to work towards a compromise before voting Monday. A bipartisan group of senators seemed to be progressing towards a compromise on Sunday, pushing for a plan to keep the government open
Despite initially denying it upon reporter prompting, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent yesterday with his family at Island Beach State Park amidst a state government shutdown closing all of New Jersey’s parks to the public. When asked about whether he “got any sun today” at a press conference that same day, Christie negated the suggestion. Upon being prompted by the beach situation, however, Christie’s spokesman, Brian Murray, upheld the governor’s statement to be true because