Democrats to test power by passing legislation to end shutdown

Pelosi to bring up spending package that would fund most of government through end of September as new Congress convenes

In their first act after officially taking control of the House of Representatives on Thursday, Democrats will test their power in a newly divided Washington by passing legislation to end a partial government shutdown that is entering its 13th day.

The 116th Congress was gaveled into session swathed in history, ushering in a diverse class of Democratic freshmen ready to confront president Donald Trump.

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