The new chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced two bills Monday that would reopen the government on a temporary basis.
Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., released a statement through the panel that outlines the measures. One would reopen the government through Feb. 1, while the other would do so through Feb. 28.
Both bills would provide temporary fixes to the shutdown that has lasted more than three weeks as lawmakers work on coming to an agreement to fund a border wall. The two bills are expected to be considered in the House chamber Tuesday.
"Now in its 24th day, the Trump Shutdown is creating pain and misery for families, businesses, and communities across the United States," Lowey said. "The House has done its job and passed six pieces of legislation to reopen the government, but Senate Republicans refuse to take yes for an answer and end the shutdown.
"It is critical that we reopen the federal government, and these two new continuing resolutions offer President Trump and Senate Republicans additional options to end the shutdown while allowing time for negotiation on border security and immigration policy. We should pass them into law without delay."
The shutdown began Dec. 22 after lawmakers could not agree on allocating money for Trump's border wall between the United States and Mexico. Democrats now control the House, which is making it more difficult for Republicans to get the wall money.
The shutdown is impacting Americans nationwide, from government employees who are not being paid to businesses that rely on government workers to keep them afloat.
A food bank in the Washington, D.C., area is giving government workers fresh produce and canned goods to help lessen their financial burdens.
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