81-18 Vote Ends Government Shutdown for Now (Okay, Final Passage Hasn’t Happened But It is Considered a Formality)
Both California senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris voted no along with 16 others to end the shutdown of the federal government today. But 81 other senators voted yes and a temporary spending bill was passed that lets the federal government continue running through February 8.
According to the New York Times,
In a few hours, the government will reopen,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader. “We have a lot to do.”
The procedural vote does not immediately end the shutdown. The Senate must still grant final approval of the bill, and it must then be approved by the House.
But final passage is a formality…
According to the Wall Street Journal a statement from President Donald Trump read by Sarah Huckabee Sanders said,
I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses.
[Sanders added,] We are pleased to see Sen. Schumer accept the deal that the president put on the table from the beginning.