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Government shutdown ends with third CR
Kirill Abbakumov   on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

On January 22, 2018, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a temporary funding bill, or continuing resolution (CR), to fund the federal government through February 8, 2018. President Trump signed the legislation, soon after officially ending the shutdown, which lasted just under three days.

A breakthrough in negotiations was made after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to allow a floor vote on immigration legislation in February. House leadership, however, has not yet indicated whether it would follow suit.

Central to the shutdown was insistence that legislation would contain clarification on the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy before its expiration on March 6th. The current DACA provisions, established by an Executive Order signed by former President Barack Obama, provided certain legal protections for those who came to the United States as children with their parents, including protection from deportation. Leader McConnell’s assurance that a bill addressing DACA would come to the Senate floor for debate paved the way for a shutdown-ending vote, which passed with bipartisan support 81-18.