The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to ensure furloughed federal workers will get back pay as workers carried out demonstrations across the country calling for an end to the shutdown.
While federal employees planned to show their disapproval of the shutdown publicly, McConnell blocked two bills Thursday that were passed by the House last week. . . . [which] would have approved new funding and reopened the federal government without the $5.7 billion Trump seeks for the border wall.