The Senate voted Monday to reopen the government, ending a three-day standoff that left federal agencies shuttered and hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed.
The House is expected to approve the bill later and send it to President Trump, allowing the government to completely reopen on Tuesday.
Democrats who supported the funding measure said they won two key concessions from McConnell: to bring a neutral immigration bill to the floor and to do it next month.
The bill also includes a six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a critical priority for members of both parties. As many as 20 states, including Arizona, would have run out of CHIP money — affecting millions of children — if Congress did not reach a deal by Feb. 1.
Read about how the deal happened and continuing dissatisfactions from The Hill
“Four Things to Know” about CHIP funding from Becker’s Hospital Review
1. Five-year reauthorization for CHIP expired Sept. 30, one of the rare times the program has failed to garner bipartisan support since its inception in 1997, according to The New York Times.
2. The new six-year reauthorization will provide insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children whose families do not qualify for Medicaid. The program matches state funds with federal financing, though since federal funding expired Sept. 30, states have mostly been running their programs off reserves, according to The Hill.
3. In early December, 16 states said they would run out of money for their CHIP programs by the end of January. On Dec. 21, Congress included $2.85 billion for CHIP as part of a stopgap funding bill. The money was expected to finance state programs though March 31.
4. The Senate Finance Committee passed a five-year CHIP reauthorization in early October, though the measure did not specify how the program would be funded. Leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee couldn’t agreehow to fund their own CHIP reauthorization, with Democrats pushing back against Republican proposals to draw CHIP financing from Medicare and public health funds.