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With U.S. government shut down, spending bill vote set for 1 a.m. Monday

Staff Writer | January 21, 2018
Hours after the government shut down because a stop-gap spending bill failed, Congress was figuring out how to end the stalemate Saturday.
Mitch McConnell
America   Fifty Senators approved the measure
On Saturday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a vote for 1 a.m. Monday to fund the government through Feb. 8 unless Democrats agree to move up the vote.

The Republican leader adjourned the Senate for the night but it will reconvene Sunday "as long as it takes."

One day earlier, U.S. Senate didn't get the necessary 60 votes to approve a temporary spending bill through February 16 that, like the vote Monday, doesn't protect nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

Fifty Senators approved the measure and 49 were opposed less than an hour before the midnight deadline as a five members from from both parties voted with the other side. That included McConnell who voted no so he could reconsider the motion.

The House, which also met Saturday, passed its measure Thursday by a 230-197 vote. On a majority vote is needed in the House.