House Democrats on Thursday approved a legislative package aimed at ending the partial government shutdown while rejecting President Donald Trump’s demand for additional funding for a border wall, despite a White House veto threat.
As a result, the legislation is expected to be dead on arrival in the Senate, leaving congressional Democrats and the administration at a stalemate that threatens to prolong the shutdown, which is wrapping up its second week.
The House of Representatives first voted on Thursday to approve a stopgap spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not allocate any new wall funding, in a rebuke to the President.
The bill passed by 239-192, with five Republicans joining Democrats. Shortly afterwards, the House voted to approve a legislative package made up of six full-year spending bills to reopen other shuttered parts of the federal government.