Three days into the government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) took to the Senate floor Monday afternoon to announce an agreement to end the impasse and reopen the government. The Senate voted later in the day 81-18 in support of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) running through February 8, sending it to the House of Representatives where it was quickly approved 266-150. The CR was then signed by President Trump, allowing Federal workers to return on Tuesday.
Alex Hecht is Executive Vice President & Director of Operations, ML Strategies, in the firm’s Washington, DC office. He is an attorney with more than 10 years of senior-level experience in Congress and trade associations. Prior to joining ML Strategies, Alex was the lead policy counsel for Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) on health insurance market reform, individual and employer-based insurance, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, and health care tax incentives. Alex is also an adjunct assistant professor of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services.