WASHINGTON, JANUARY 11 (Reuters) – The Democratically Controlled US House of Representatives voted on Friday to restore the funding of federal agencies closed by a fight with President Donald Trump on cross-border funding, which some 800,000 Government workers, from tax collectors to FBI agents, missed their first payslip.
However, a complete resumption of government operations did not appear in sight because Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not bring the house bill to the vote. Republicans, who control the Senate, have so far been with Trump and insisted that all expense bills contain money for their wall.
The house bill, which passed 240-179 with only a handful of Republicans supporting it, would restore funding to the Inland Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, two of the agencies that have been out of funding since December 22, in the midst of the standoff over it. proposed wall along the US-Mexico border. The bill gives $ 35.9 billion in discretionary funding, $ 6 billion over Trump's budget application and $ 601 million over financial year 2018.
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Trump faces the prospect of the longest US government's shutdown in history could declare a national emergency to bypass the congress to get funding for its wall, which was a key promise of its 2016 presidential campaign.
"Humanitarian crisis at our southern border," said Trump on Twitter Friday one day after visiting the Texas-Mexico border. "I've just come back and it's a far worse situation than anyone would understand, an invasion!"
On its 21st day, the partial shutdown on Friday ended the record to the longest in US history. Some 800,000 federal workers did not receive pay slips that would have gone out on Friday. Some have resorted to selling their belongings or sending appeals to online banks to help pay their bills.
"Most of them live from paycheck to paycheck, and now they approach this day Friday after moving from paycheck to no check" Democratic representative Elijah Cummings said in discussion on the House floor.
Head of the US Secret Service, who is responsible for protecting Trump, warned employees that financial stress can lead to depression and anxiety. "Watch out for warning signs of problems," writes Director R. D. "Tex". Everyone wrote in a note seen by Reuters.
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The house also consisted of a bill by a two-part vote of 411-7 that would give back pay to federal workers when the closure ended. The legislation already adopted by the Senate now leads to Trump's desk to be signed in law.
Separately, Senator Rob Portman and eight other Republican senators introduced legislation that would permanently ban the closure of government operations during budget matches, underlines the growing frustration in Washington.
During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, which he says is necessary to curb the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. But the Mexican government has refused, and Trump now calls for Congress to deliver $ 5.7 billion. Dollars in US taxpayers' funding for the wall.
Democrats in Congress call the wall an inefficient, outdated response to a complex problem.
Without a Capitol Hill compromise in sight, Trump publicly rumored on Thursday during the Texas trip to declare an emergency.
A close trump confidential sentenced time for such a move had come. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement, "It's time for President Trump to use emergency forces to fund the construction of a border wall / barrier. I hope it works."
Critics of the national emergency strategy have said it might be illegal. In any case, it was almost safe to trigger an immediate challenge from the Democrats, including an attempt to circumvent the power of Congress over national money strings.
An emergency declaration would entail risks. Even some of Trump's other Republicans in Congress have signaled concerns about such action. Given that the Constitution allows Congress to set spending priorities and appropriate money, they are concerned about a tough legal battle and an unwise precedent.
"I don't think he should do that. It's a bad precedent," Republican Senator Chuck Grassley told CNBC. "It seems to me that
An emergency declaration, however, would allow the government to fully reopen while the judges weigh the case, which may take months.
Before the interruption began, Trump said he would be" proud " to close the government over the issue of border security and would not blame the Democrats even if he later did it.
(Further reporting by Susan Heavey and Andy Sullivan; Writing by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Peter Cooney and Bill Trott)  More from
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