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US House passes bill to END government shutdown

January 4, 2019 3:26 AM
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US House passes bill to END government shutdown

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.


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