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Government Shutdown

House Democrats and 8 Republicans vote to reopen the Treasury Department, IRS, with no wall funds

The House voted 240 to 188 on Wednesday evening to reopen the Treasury Department and keep the Internal Revenue Service and Small Business Administration funded. Eight Republicans joined the Democrats in backing the measure, breaking with President Trump and GOP congressional leadership. The measure, like similar ones approved last week, is not expected to get a hearing in the GOP-led Senate.

After meeting with Senate Republicans earlier Wednesday, Trump said his party is "totally unified" in keeping the government partially shuttered unless Democrats agree to fund Trump's border wall. "There was no discussion of anything other than solidarity," he said. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), one of a handful of Senate Republicans who favor reopening the government before negotiating border security, said she warned Trump that the shutdown has consequences.