Pelosi: House Voting on Legislation to Re-Open Parts of Government

By Emily Ward | January 10, 2019 | 4:10pm EST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

( - In a press briefing at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House of Representatives is voting on legislation this week to re-open parts of the government currently being affected by the partial shutdown.

According to Pelosi, on Thursday, the House will vote on a bill to re-open the Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, and on Friday, the House will vote on a bill to open the Department of the Interior. The House will vote on the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development sometime this week.

Pelosi said the House, which has a Democratic majority, was passing legislation that included language from Senate Republicans.

“This week, House Democrats are continuing our, our, to pass Senate Republican language,” Pelosi said. “As I said in my opening day remarks, we want to accept good ideas wherever they come from, if they are a solution, and so there, in that spirit, we accepted the Senate Republican language for bills that have passed the Senate 92 to 6 – strong bipartisan support. We’re putting those on the floor each day.”

On Wednesday, the House voted to re-open the Treasury Department with 232 Democrats and eight Republicans voted in favor of the measure.

“Yesterday, we did the legislation to open up the Treasury Department, to make sure that people there are able to come to work and be paid as they meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said.

“You can’t say to the Treasury Department, ‘Come in. Do the job. You’re not going to get paid,’” she added.

The bill to re-open the Treasury Department would have to pass the Republican-controlled Senate to become law, and Senate Republicans have expressed unwillingness to re-open the government unless funding for President Donald Trump’s southern border wall is included in the legislation.

Democrats in Congress have continually refused to give Trump the requested $5.7 billion in funding for the wall, and the president has indicated that he will veto legislation that does not include the funding.


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