Federal Agencies to Reopen After Congress OKs 3-Week Stopgap Bill to End Shutdown

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The federal government is set to resume operations Tuesday after Congress cleared a continuing resolution that would fund agencies through Feb. 8 and put an end to a government shutdown that took effect Saturday, The Hill reported Monday.

President Donald Trump signed Monday night the fourth stopgap measure for fiscal 2018 after the House approved the bill by a 266-150 vote and the Senate voted 81-18 in favor of the CR, which includes a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Federal agencies shut down Saturday after the Senate voted against the stopgap bill that would keep agencies operational through Feb. 16 at current spending levels.

The deadlock in the Senate ended after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) committed to bring an immigration measure to the floor in February.

Defense News also reported that the three-week funding bill would provide back pay for federal employees and soldiers during the lapse in appropriations.

Hundreds of thousands of employees at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense and other civilian workers went into brief furloughs as a result of the three-day shutdown.

The shutdown also stopped the operations of the Armed Forces Network’s television programming for overseas bases, VA call centers, daycare centers on military installations and nonserious medical appointments for troops.

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