The U.S. Senate Thursday will consider two proposals to end the government shutdown, but both are expected to fail. Still, many say the move is an opening of negotiations in Congress to reach an agreement.
It also marks a shift from Senate Leader Mitch McConnell who previously said the Senate would not consider bills that are destined fail. In December, he said the Senate would only consider bills that would produce a solution to all parties and be supported before a vote.
The Senate will consider a Republican backed proposal to reopen the government, along with the Democratic-backed and House passed proposal. The votes come on the same day the Department of Agriculture is reopening Farm Service Agency offices after recalling more 9,000 workers to provide services to farmers, which farmers have lacked during the shutdown.