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On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H.J.Res. 31: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019

Jan 24, 2019 at 10:40 a.m. ET.

This was an attempt by House Republicans to kill House Democrats’ bill to reopen the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through February 28, 2019. This vote was to replace the date in the bill “February 28, 2019” with “January 24, 2019.” (House Clerk, 9:57:19 A.M.) Since the vote was taken on January 24, 2019, DHS would not have been reopened but the delayed paychecks to furloughed and essential DHS employees could have been sent out.

An “aye” vote was a vote to kill the original bill and instead allow paychecks to furloughed and essential DHS employees to be sent out without reopening DHS. A “no” vote was a vote to proceed to a vote on the original bill to reopen DHS, and pay DHS employees, without funding for a southern border wall.

On December 22, 2018 the 115th Congress was unable to reach a deal to fund some federal agencies through fiscal year 2019 after President Trump demanded $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall. The Senate had unanimously passed a bill to fund the government through 2019, without the border wall, the then Republican-controlled House amended the bill adding $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall. The Senate neglected to vote on that bill leaving it to die in the previous Congress. When funding lapsed for the USDA, FDA, and Departments of Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, Environment, State, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, the partial government shutdown began. When the 116th Congress began in 2019, Democrats took control of the House. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made it clear that the House does not plan to approve funding for the border wall in any future appropriations bills. As of January 24, House Democrats have passed ten different bills that would completely or partially reopen the federal government. Only H.R. 268 has been considered by the Senate, where Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill both failed.

This vote was related to a resolution introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40] on January 22, 2019, H.J.Res. 31: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019.


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