On Dec.22, the government was shut down over a disagreement between congressional Democrats and the President over funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border. At that point, there were 49 Democrats in the Senate, enough to deny the 60 votes to pass a government funding bill that had cleared the Republican-controlled House. Less than two weeks later, in a new Congress, Democrats had 47 votes in the Senate, still enough to deny the requisite 60 votes. On the House side, more than 100 new members were sworn in, most of them Democrats, giving that party control of the House.
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