The legislation was the second of four appropriations bills Democrats are bringing to the House floor this week to keep the spotlight on the partial government shutdown, now in its third week
. Each bill aims to reopen shuttered parts of government, piece by piece, as the standoff continues between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over border wall funds.
Twelve Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the first bill Thursday, which aims to reopen the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The vote was 244-180.
The House also passed a bill, 243-183, to reopen the Department of Agriculture — which runs the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP or food stamps — as well as the Food and Drug Administration. Despite the lapse in funding, the Department of Agriculture will continue providing food stamps to millions of Americans through February, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday
On that vote,10 Republicans sided with Democrats. The legislation got slightly more Republican support than a separate spending bill Wednesday to reopen the Treasury Department and the IRS, which had eight Republicans support it.
Still, the vast majority of the GOP conference objects to the strategy, many of them labeling the approach a political stunt by Democrats.
On Friday, lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill to reopen the Interior Department, which runs national parks.
While the bills have…
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