Democrats End Filibuster That Shut Down Government

Agree to Vote for Funding Legislation They Opposed Last Week

WASHINGTON –Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after a continuing resolution to fund the government was passed by the Senate and forwarded to the House of Representatives. The legislation funds the government for three weeks and ensures our military is paid. Additionally, the bill provides a long-term, six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Senate Democrats ended their filibuster of the legislation and it will now go to the House of Representatives for approval. Democrats were blocking the measure because they wanted to include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but without meaningful border security. 

“This is the same measure we voted on last week that Democrats opposed, just one week shorter in duration. The measure will end the shutdown – funding our government and ensuring our service members are paid. At the same time, it provides long-term, six-year reauthorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. This legislation ends this unnecessary government shutdown, and enables us to continue negotiations on a long-term funding bill, as well as a fair agreement to address border security and DACA.”