Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Avoid Second Government Shutdown

Lawmakers filed a bill Wednesday night that should prevent a second partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump will get almost a quarter of his requested border wall funding, and the government will most likely avoid a tremor-effect after ending the longest shutdown in American history.

"We cannot repeat the disastrous government shutdown, so it is incumbent on Congress to come together to responsibly fund our government," Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in The Hill. "This legislation represents a bipartisan compromise and will keep our government roughly 48 hours before the funding lapse deadline."

Lowey, who's chair of the House Appropriations Committee, filed the bill Wednesday night.

The U.S. government went into a partial shutdown on Dec. 22, which lasted 35 days — the longest in the country's history. With a stalemate in Congress over who would pay for the president's proposed $5.7 billion wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the government went into shutdown mode.

Democrats said they would not talk about border wall funding until the president reopened the government, which he did on Jan. 25. A bipartisan committee had three weeks to work a deal, or the government could shut down again this Friday night.

Though a deal was struck, it fell far short of the president's border wall wish. The committee agreed upon $1.375 billion for physical barriers along the border. The president requested $5.7 billion for the wall.

The Senate could sign off on the bill and send it back to the president for his approval. One border senator expects the president to execute the "national emergency" plan to build the rest of his wall during this shortfall for the wall.

"My impression is he's likely to sign it but then to issue some sort of executive order to supplement those funds with other funds that Congress has already authorized him to tap," said Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who accompanied the president in El Paso on Monday for Trump's speech on border security.

Though President Trump didn't necessarily say he would sign the funding bill this week, he sent good vibes to fellow Republicans he would support it.

"I just talked to the President, and he was in good spirits. I told him that I just signed the homeland security conference report and that it's a down payment on his border wall. This is only the beginning of a multi-year effort," Republican Sen. Richard Shelby from Alabama tweeted late Wednesday.

The bill itself is is 1,159 pages — so much that one Republican said he didn't sign it because he only had an hour to review it.

"With 30 minutes notice, I was allowed 1 hour to review and had to make a choice. I could not sign off," Republican Rep. Tom Graves said in a tweet late Wednesday night.

The deadline to sign a funding bill is midnight Friday, Feb. 15.

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