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In one of its first official acts, the House passed a series of bills Thursday to fund several federal departments that are closed because of a partial government shutdown, which is now in its 13th day.
Under the plan, funding for the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, among others, would run through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
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Separately, lawmakers will passed a temporary bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8. That measure includes $1.3 billion for border security, but does not include President Donald Trump’s demand for funding for a border wall.
The plan will now move to the Senate. But Senate Republicans have said they wouldn’t support the Democrats’ legislation without Trump’s buy-in. The White House — including the president himself, at a surprise appearance before reporters in the briefing room Thursday — has already signaled it would not support the Democratic bills.
Nancy Pelosi addresses reporters ahead of a vote on funding bills Thursday
Late Thursday, Pelosi said that House Democrats will take good ideas from “wherever they come,” including from Republicans in the Senate.
Joshua Barajas is the arts editor for the NewsHour. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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