Washington: Democrats in the House are planning to pass a stopgap spending bill in order to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the month of February.
The move is aimed at putting an end to the partial government shutdown in the United States.
Washington Post reported that the bill would be extending the existing USD 1.3 billion funding over the construction of a wall in the southern US border with Mexico, which is however less than the USD five billion funding approved by the US President himself.
On Monday, the US President took to Twitter saying, “I am in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and fast!”
In addition to this, the Democrats are also planning to pass six other spending bills that would further provide funding to different federal agencies that were closed since the partial government shutdown started off since December 22.
The recent shutdown, the third time in the last one year, was imminent as the US President remained at odds with the lawmakers over border wall funding. The shutdown had continued for more than a week and sent many federal workers on temporary leave due to unavailability of funds.