Outside the White House in Washington, a crowd of protesters vented their anger at the continuing political impasse, as the U.S. government shutdown entered its third week. Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, there was a small sign of progress in the Senate.
Lawmakers in Washington approved the deal, which includes President Donald Trump's border wall and increased military spending. Proposed cuts to environmental programs were rejected.
Both the US Senate and the House have voted to restore funding to government agencies — for now. Democrats are unhappy about Republican immigration reforms, but agreed to extend funding until early February.
Senate Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach a compromise on a short-term funding measure. The partial shutdown comes on the first anniversary of US President Donald Trump's inauguration.
It's a positive sign that the US Congress finally managed to pass a budget and end a brief shutdown. But the deal leaves the "Dreamers" hanging once again and shatters the myth that deficits matter, says Michael Knigge.
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