>> House Democrats now back in control of the Chamber, plan to vote on a bill Thursday to end partial government shutdown. And the likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to pass it on the first day of the new Congress. The bill would fund government operations and reopen shadowed agencies.
But not provide the $5 billion the US president Donald Trump demands for a border war with Mexico.>> The only way you gonna do it, is to have a physical barrier, meaning a wall. And if you don't have that, then Which is that opening.>> The bill keeps funding for Homeland security and border protection at current levels of $1.3 million.
if approved, the package will then go to the Republican led senate, where its prospects appear uncertain. An earlier measure allocating $1.3 billion for boder security Passed the Senate with bipartisan support. But this time it will be a litmus test of the new Congress. The funding bill pits Pelosi and the Democrats against Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
But as lawmakers arm wrestle over budgets, hundreds of thousands of federal workers remain in limbo, either furloughed or working without pay. This week a federal employee labour union, sued the government's over requiring employees deemed essential to work without pay during the shut down. Parts of Nine cabinent level
] Are closed, while websites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example, are down.
And with Trump vowing not to sign any bill that does not include his $5 billion, those departments could remain closed well into the new year.