US House passes bills that would re-open several government agencies
The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills that would re-open the departments of Agriculture and Transportation and other agencies that have been largely shuttered for nearly three weeks.
The House, led by Democrats, on Wednesday passed a bill to re-open the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. Senate Republicans have not shown any interest in taking up the bills.
On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on Democrat spending bills, saying he won't allow a vote on any legislation that President Donald Trump would not sign. Mr. McConnell said last December that Democrats had agreed not to hold a vote on spending until President Trump and both parties have reached an agreement.