Democrat Introduces Bill To Reopen The Government, Guess What It’s Missing

Hannah Bleau

Surprise surprise.

House Democrat Rep. Nita Lowey has introduced a bill to reopen the government.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman-designate Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) on Monday introduced a continuing resolution to fund the Homeland Security Department through Feb. 8 along with a legislative package to fund the remaining agencies through the end of the fiscal year.

Both the continuing resolution for Homeland Security and the remaining funding legislation are expected to be taken up on Jan. 3 in separate votes.

The legislative package includes identical language to what was seen in the six appropriations that have already passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with bipartisan support.

Guess what it’s missing. Go ahead, guess.

You’re right. There’s no $5 billion for the wall.

The continuing resolution, separately, would keep border security funding at $1.3 billion, much lower than the $5 billion requested by the White House for Trump’s border wall.

“Responsibly funding the federal government is one of the most important duties of Congress. This legislation fulfills that responsibility, reopens federal agencies shuttered by the Trump Shutdown, and ensures that the federal government is working for the American people,” Lowey said in a statement.

“When the 116th Congress convenes Thursday, our new Democratic majority will take the first step to ending the Trump Shutdown by passing this legislation, which has already garnered strong bipartisan support in the Senate,” she continued.

This will likely go precisely no where. Even if it passes in the House, the Senate likely won’t touch it, and Trump won’t sign it.

McConnell was pretty straightforward: “It’s simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won’t sign.”

No wall, no deal.

h/t The Hill