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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

House Votes Eleventh Time to Reopen Government, End Trump Shutdown

Jan 24, 2019
Press Release

House Votes Eleventh Time to Reopen Government, End Trump Shutdown

Latest bill would fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 28 and guarantees back pay for furloughed federal employees

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. House of Representatives voted 231-180 today on a continuing resolution (CR), H.J. Res. 31, to reopen the Department of Homeland Security through February 28 and guarantee that Homeland Security employees receive back pay. The CR complements a package of six appropriations bills reflecting bipartisan House-Senate conference agreements that passed the House yesterday. Together, these proposals would ensure that the entire federal government can reopen, while giving President Trump and Congress more time to negotiate on border security and immigration policy.

“House Democrats, along with several Republicans, have voted on another piece of legislation that would ensure the Department of Homeland Security is open and furloughed workers and those deemed essential, including Secret Service agents, transportation security officers, border patrol and customs officers, and the brave men and women of the Coast Guard, are paid for their hard work,” U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) said. “Moreover, just yesterday, the House passed six additional bills to reopen the remainder of the government—representing the 11th vote by the House to end the Trump Shutdown. It is now up to Senate Republicans to follow suit.”

Since the 116th Congress convened on January 3rd, the House Democratic majority has voted on 11 bills to reopen the federal government. That includes this CR for Homeland Security, a package of six conferenced appropriations bills, a CR through February 28th, an emergency disaster appropriations bill that included a CR through February 8th, four individual bipartisan Senate appropriations bills, a package of six bipartisan Senate appropriations bills, and a CR for Homeland Security through February 8th.