Alaska senators react to government re-opening

ANCHORAGE (KTUU)- Monday afternoon a three-week deal was made keeping the government up and running, for the time being.

The short-term deal was approved by the House of Representatives with, 266-150, after the Senate voted the bill 81-18.

President Donald Trump signed the measure Monday evening, which funds government operations until February 8th, 2018.

In a news release, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) wrote, “We have a lot of work ahead of us --- from securing full funding for our military to providing disaster relief to stabilizing the individual healthcare market. It is also crucial that we prioritize protections for DACA recipients and have the broader discussion on immigration."

"Now is the time to build on the bipartisan momentum we have built in the Senate, work together and resolve these issues for the American people.”

Senator Dan Sullivan (R) who voted in favor of a Continuing Resolution to reopen the federal government and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

“As we move forward, I will be closely working with my colleagues on issues related to immigration reform, including DACA and stronger border security." Sullivan said in a written statement. "More broadly, I will continue to work with a bipartisan group to reform what for too long has been a broken budgetary process, which has consisted of short-term funding measures (continuing resolutions) and massive end of year omnibus packages. The American people deserve better.”

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