House Dems approve plan to re-open government

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, pushes back on President Donald Trump’s demand to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border with the partial government shutdown in its second week, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Democrats have approved a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump’s promised border wall.

The largely party-line votes by the new Democratic majority came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room to pledge a continued fight for his signature campaign promise.

The Democratic package to end the shutdown includes a bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Feb. 8 as bipartisan talks continue. It was approved 239-192.

Democrats also approved, 241-190, a separate measure funding the Agriculture, Interior, and other departments through Sept. 30.

The homeland security bill is virtually identical to a plan the Senate adopted by voice vote last month. The GOP-controlled House rejected the plan the next day, forcing a partial shutdown.

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