Wednesday’s vote in the United States Senate to extend funding to avoid a government shutdown was one of the strangest nights in the tenure of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. He says the voice vote was taken before many senators knew was in the bill being sent for House and Presidential approval. The bill does not include the $5 billion requested by the Trump administration to fund the construction of a wall on the country’s border with Mexico. Senator Johnson did not open his mouth during the vote, but believes it would have passed regardless.
In order to pass a longer-term funding solution, Senator Johnson says streamlining the nomination process would help stop the obstruction of Trump appointments and give more time to senators to discuss the twelve appropriation bills well in advance.