US Vice-President Mike Pence welcomes end to government shutdown

US Vice-President Mike Pence addresses the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on Jan 22, 2018.
US Vice-President Mike Pence addresses the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on Jan 22, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - US Vice-President Mike Pence on Monday (Jan 22) welcomed news that US Senators voted to move forward on legislation that would reopen the federal government until Feb 8, ending a three-day standoff between President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans and Democrats over immigration and border security.

"We welcome the news that thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump and House and Senate Republicans, the government shutdown in Washingtom DC is coming to an end," Pence said in a statement to reporters before a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.