Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has blocked a House-passed bill to temporarily reopen the Department of Homeland Security with the partial shutdown in its 32nd day.
McConnell objected to Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) attempt to take up the House bill, which would fund the department through Feb. 8.
The GOP leader is expected to hold a procedural vote on Thursday that would trade $5.7 billion for wall funding in exchange for a three-year extension of legal protections for some immigrants, reports The Hill.
“The opportunity to end all this is staring us right in the face. That’s why we’ll vote on this legislation on the Senate floor this week. All that needs to happen is for our Democratic colleagues to agree that it’s time to put the country ahead of politics, take yes for an answer and vote to put this standoff behind us,” McConnell said from the Senate floor earlier on Tuesday.
“Every other branch of the military is currently funded,” Sen. Kaine said. “The DHS, however, is not funded. So the Coast Guard is the one military branch that’s not being paid.”