The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Cashing in Their CHIP

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

A three-day shutdown of the federal government came to an end after Senate Democrats accepted an offer from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a continuing resolution funding the government and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, while postponing debate on immigration legislation. The Senate voted 81-18 to pass the bill, which later passed in the House. In a statement, President Trump said he’s “pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses.” During his speech to the Israeli parliament, Vice President Mike Pence stressed the administration’s commitment to relocate the American embassy. And the U.S. Army is reportedly preparing to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000.

Today on The Atlantic

  • ‘This Is a Direct Attack on the Church’: The U.S. Catholic Church is pushing back against the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans, many of whom are very active in their church communities. (Emma Green)

  • Who’s the Shutdown Victor?: A White House official told Elaina Plott that Congress’s agreement to reopen the government was a “win for the White House; loss for Schumer.”

  • Dreamers in Limbo: Immigration activists are disappointed—and in some cases, outraged—by Democrats’ decision to back a stopgap spending bill without a DACA deal. (Priscilla Alvarez)

  • Snow Day: Many federal employees were asked not to come to work on Monday as a result of the government shutdown. Here’s what some had planned for their day off. (Elaine Godfrey)

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Senator Susan Collins and Senator Joe Manchin clink glasses in a toast as they wait to speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill after Senators reached an agreement to advance a bill ending government shutdown. Andrew Harnik / …read more

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How Federal Workers Spent Their Unexpected Day Off

By Elaine Godfrey

It was almost 60 degrees in Washington on Monday, without a hint of snow in the forecast, but some federal workers got the day off, anyway.

One analyst working in the Government Affairs Office told me in an email that he was mentally preparing himself for a days- or even weeks-long period without pay due to the government shutdown. But now that a deal has been reached, he said, “today just feels like one of the lesser holidays, like Columbus Day.” The analyst, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the press, said he and his wife spent the afternoon at Costco, stocking up on toilet paper, eggs, and milk. He also split a slice of pizza with his daughter. “All in all, not a bad deal in exchange for congressional inaction,” he told me.

Lawmakers failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government last week, so starting midnight on Friday, non-essential arms of the government ceased operations. On Monday, many non-essential employees in Washington were asked to come to their offices and receive their furlough paperwork—documents ordering them not to work.

Many federal workers were upset by this turn of events, unable to continue experiments, work on critical projects, or otherwise serve the public. But some federal employees I spoke with found the unexpected day off rather liberating.

On my walk toward the State Department’s Foggy Bottom offices, I noticed Mary Ann Rashid walking hurriedly up Virginia Avenue, lugging a large shoulder bag bursting with papers. I took a wild guess: “Federal employee?” I asked; she smiled, and pulled out a packet of furlough papers. “It says that I shouldn’t be here until I’m told to come back,” she told me.

Rashid didn’t seem angry, just slightly exasperated. …read more

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