Senate Passes Measures to Reopen Government Through Feb. 15, Move to Conference on Homeland Security Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding his support for legislative measures to reopen the government through February 15, 2019, and send the Homeland Security appropriations bill to a conference committee with the House.  The two measures, H.J. Res. 28 and H.J. Res. 31, respectively, passed the Senate this afternoon by voice vote.


“I commend the President for his continued willingness to negotiate and find a way to reopen the government.  The Democrats have stated that once the government was reopened, they would be willing to negotiate in good faith on significant investments in border security, including a physical barrier.  As a member of the Homeland Security conference committee, I hope that this continuing resolution will provide us the time to work out our differences in a fair and thoughtful manner and reach a bipartisan consensus on border security.”


The continuing resolution (CR), H.J. Res. 28, funds federal government operations at FY2018 levels through February 15, 2019, and continues the same extensions as the previous CR.  The measure provides funding for the seven FY2019 appropriations bills not yet enacted, including Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.  Following passage in the House of Representatives, the measure will be sent to the President for his signature. 


H.J. Res. 31, also passed by the Senate, sets up a Senate-House conference committee on the FY2019 Homeland Security appropriations measure.