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January 23, 2018 | by    

After Three-Day Shutdown, Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Bill

House and Senate lawmakers ended a 69-hour partial government shutdown Monday, voting overwhelmingly to pass a short-term continuing resolution, or CR. The CR will provide funding for federal agencies and programs until February 8, 2018. (Click here to see how members of House voted on this legislation and here to see how senators voted.)

The spending measure also included a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, and temporary repeal of three taxes that were put in place as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The Metals Service Center Institute had opposed these taxes—the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices; the tax on high-end employer-sponsored health care plans, also known at the “Cadillac tax,”; and the tax on health insurers—because they would raise costs for businesses and their employees.

The breakthrough on the CR came after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed with Democratic leaders’ request to hold a vote in February on a deal that would help the nearly 700,000 young immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. (DACA expires on March 5.)