New Congress, Same Government Shutdown, and H-2B Cap Relief

Craig Regelbrugge January 08 2019

Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan*

The 115th Congress officially ended at noon on January 3, and the 116th Congress was sworn in that same afternoon. The American electorate’s historic preference for divided government is again the reality; Republicans continue to control the Senate, with 53 of 100 seats, while Democrats control the House, 235 to 199, with one seat still in dispute.

And, the partial government shutdown persists into its third week with no end clearly in sight.  Five of 12 regular appropriations bills were passed in two packages d...

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