WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders have agreed to hold votes on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies this week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has set up the two showdown votes for Thursday, a day before some 800,000 federal workers are due to miss a second paycheck.
One vote will be on his own measure, which reflects President Donald Trump’s offer to trade border wall funding for temporary protections for some immigrants. It was quickly rejected by Democrats.
The second vote is set for a bill approved by the Democratic-controlled House reopening government through Feb. 8, with no wall money, to give bargainers time to talk.
Both measures are expected fall short of the 60 votes need to pass.