Jan 17, 2019

House votes to reopen government for sixth time

House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The House has passed six spending bills to fund the government since the shutdown started more than three weeks ago.

The state of play: President Trump has refused to sign anything without border wall funding. Democrats have refused to provide border wall funding. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not bring anything to the Senate floor that doesn't have Trump's approval. All the while, the longest shutdown in history carries on, leaving federal workers and some military personnel to suffer without paychecks.

  • January 3: House passes two spending bills to reopen eight federal agencies on the first day of the Democratic majority.
  • January 9: House passes a financial services spending bill, with 8 Republicans joining the Democratic effort.
  • January 10: House passes two funding bills to reopen the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and more. 12 Republicans break with Trump to fund HUD and the Department of Transportation.
  • January 16: The House passes a disaster relief bill that includes an amendment to fund the government through early February

Go deeper: 3 Republican senators want to reopen the government without a border deal

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 5,945,711— Total deaths: 365,535 — Total recoveries — 2,516,951Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 1,747,087 — Total deaths: 102,836 — Total recoveries: 406,446 — Total tested: 16,099,515Map.
  3. Economy: America's unfinished business.
  4. Supreme Court: Chief Justice Roberts sides with liberals in denying challenge to California's pandemic worship rules.
  5. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March.
  6. 2020: North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing.
  7. Business: Fed chair Powell says coronavirus is "great increaser" of income inequality.

America's unfinished business

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The fury over George Floyd's killing is erupting as the U.S. faces a looming wave of business bankruptcies, likely home evictions and a virus pandemic that will all disproportionately hit African Americans.

Why it matters: What these seemingly disparate issues share in common is that they emanate from systemic abuses that calls to action and promised reforms have yet to meaningfully address.

Deaths without consequences

Community organizations and activists demand police accountability at a rally in Grand Central Terminal to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Photo: Erik McGregor/Getty Images

Seven years after the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's still rare for police officers to be charged in the deaths of African Americans — and even more rare for an officer to go to jail.

The big picture: The Minneapolis police officer who was captured on video kneeling on George Floyd's neck has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter — which is already a step beyond the consequences other police officers have faced. But it's no guarantee that he will face jail time.