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House Passes 10th Bill To Reopen Government, With 10 Republicans Joining Dems


House Passes 10th Bill To Reopen Government, With 10 Republicans Joining Dems

The House on Wednesday passed a package of six appropriations bills to provide funding through Sept. 30 for shuttered federal agencies aside from homeland security.

The legislation, which passed in a 234-180 vote, is the 10th clean-funding measure that Democrats have voted on to end the partial government shutdown, reports The Hill.

Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the latest measure, with one lone Democrat, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), voting against the bill.

GOP Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), Will Hurd (Texas), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Mike Simpson (Idaho), Chris Smith (N.J.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Fred Upton (Mich.) and Greg Walden (Ore.) voted with Democrats for the measure.

“Neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted, but we compromised for the betterment of the United States,” said Rep. Nita Lowey, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee.

The partial government shutdown entered its 33rd day on Wednesday.

A majority of Americans blame the president for the record-long government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall, according to a new poll.

Sixty percent of Americans say Trump bears a great deal of responsibility for the shutdown, reports the AP.

“Trump is responsible for this,” said poll respondent Lloyd Rabalais, a federal contractor from Slidell, Louisiana, who’s not affiliated with either political party.

The 47-year-old, who has been furloughed for more than a month, said he’d need to start drawing on his retirement savings next week to pay his bills if the shutdown continues.

“I do support a wall, but not the way he’s handling it,” Rabalais added. “Trump guaranteed everybody that Mexico would pay for the wall. Now he’s holding American workers like me hostage.”

“The large part of the responsibility belongs to the president because he made the decision,” said poll respondent Sandra Olson, 76, of Northwood, Iowa. The registered Republican said she voted for Trump once and likely will again. “We have never in my lifetime seen a president who has been so maligned and attacked and vilified,” Olson added.

Poll respondent Kelley Thorson, of St. Robert, Missouri, who backed Trump in the 2016 election, says she supports Trump’s border wall but largely disagrees with the president’s rationale. “I can’t say it would make us safer,” the 57-year-old said. “Criminals are going to get here no matter what.”


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