Where things stand with the government shutdown this week


#TIA – When it comes right down to it, it’s hard to tell whether the government is shut down or not. Or increasingly to care.

The Republican-controlled Senate will take up two spending bills this Thursday as lawmakers try to figure out a way to end the government shutdown, now entering its second month.

The Senate is set to take procedural votes on both President Trump’s proposal, which he announced this weekend, and a short-term spending bill already passed by the Democratic House, which would reopen all agencies affected by the government shutdown through February 8. Both bills do not look like they will clear the 60 votes needed to advance them, however.

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