February 9, 2018
Nonessential government services were shutdown overnight but reopened this morning following Congressional passage of a temporary two-year $400 billion spending bill that President Trump signed this morning. For the Republicans, the bill raises military spending while for the Democrats it also raises public spending. And for members of both parties in the hurricane-hit areas of the South, the bill offers disaster relief funds. The bill does not, however, hammer out immigration issues which Congress must address, in a separate vote, ahead of the next funding deadline which is March 23.