Senate Fails to Pass House Spending Bill

WASHINGTON– The Senate has failed to pass the the House spending bill, making a government shutdown eminent.

The shutdown will begin at midnight. A number of republicans joined democrats in voting no for the bill. They felt the bill should have included protections for those who have come to the country under the DACA program.

The house bill would have extended funding through February 16 and included funding for CHIP.

The Senate can now work on their own plan. If they can get 60 votes, it will then go back to the house. If the house can pass it, then it will go to the president’s desk for signing which will re-open the government.

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