Dueling Senate bills would end shutdown in different ways
WASHINGTON (AP) – Two different votes are set in the Republican-controlled Senate with the aim to end the partial government shutdown.
One vote Thursday will be on a bill reflecting President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants.
A second vote is set for a measure already passed by the Democratic-controlled House to reopen the government through Feb. 8. It doesn’t allow money for a border wall but gives bargainers more time to talk.
Neither bill is expected to advance under Senate rules requiring at least 60 votes.
Senate Democrats have dismissed Trump’s proposal, and it’s unclear whether Senate Republicans will back Trump’s insistence that the government remain closed until lawmakers allocate $5.7 billion for his long-promised border wall with Mexico.