Shuttered Federal Functions
Congress today cleared for the President’s consideration a short-term continuing appropriations resolution (CR) funding the shuttered operations of the federal government through February 15, 2019. The congressional action had the effect of re-opening the government without funding President Trump's proposed wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, an outcome that the President repeatedly asserted he would not accept..
It was part of a larger deal that requires Congress to convene a conference committee to consider proposals to enhance border security. That conference committee must report back either the fact that it has reached a compromise or that it has failed to reach one by February 15th.