THE NEW Democratic-held US House has ignored the threat of a Donald Trump veto and approved a bill to end the partial government shutdown for several agencies with funding until September 30.
The House vote on Thursday night was partly a political ploy by the Democrats to put pressure on Senate Republicans, who voted in the build-up to the partial government shutdown.
Newly-elected Speaker of the Lower House, Nancy Pelosi, even dubbed the bills “Senate Republican appropriations legislation to re-open the government” in her opening remarks in her new post.
In US politics, a government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass, or the President refuses to sign, legislation funding federal government operations and agencies.
As a result of the shutdown, major government-run organisations have been forced to close down temporarily.
Institutions run by the government, such as National Parks, were unstaffed and closed to the public over the festive period.