Here Are The Senators Who Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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The Senate passed a bill to keep the government funded through early February early Monday afternoon, putting a swift end to a three-day shutdown that left hundreds of thousands of government employees without pay.

The bill keeps the government funded through Feb. 8 and provides a 6-years of funding for roughly 9 million children’s health insurance.

Some 81 senators voted in favor of the bill, with 16 Senate Democrats and 2 Republicans voting against the bill, including:

  • Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
  • Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Cortez Mastro of Nevada
  • Dianne Feinstein of California
  • Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
  • Kamala Harris of California
  • Mazie Hirono of Hawaii
  • Patrick Leahy of Vermont
  • Ed Markey of Massachusetts
  • Bob Menendez of New Jersey
  • Jeff Merkley of Oregon
  • Chris Murphy of Connecticut
  • Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Independent)
  • Jon Tester of Montana
  • Ron Wyden of Oregon
  • Mike Lee of Utah (Republican)
  • Rand Paul of Kentucky (Republican)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Democratic leadership that he will work on moving the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program negotiations through the chamber in the coming weeks.

Senate Democrats shut down the government over the weekend in order to try and squeeze DACA concessions out of GOP leadership.

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