Congress appears deadlocked as government shutdown enters Day 2

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

The Senate achieved a breakthrough on Monday that paves the way for an end to the partial federal government shutdown, which began midnight Friday amid an impasse over federal funding.

Democratic leaders - anxious about being blamed for a disruptive shutdown - accepted a Republican promise to hold a full Senate debate over immigration and the 700,000 Dreamers who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

As for the White House's position on any forthcoming immigration bill, the current bipartisan one in the Senate is not something that President Donald Trump would back.

Democrats and Republicans voted 80-18 to reopen the government, ending a furlough for thousands of federal employees.

It is also worth noting that if it were not for McConnell's obstruction, Congress would have passed the DREAM Act in 2010, and Trump could not have have suspended DREAMers' legal status by executive order in the first place.

"Democrats are still not willing to go to the mat to allow people in my community to live in our country legally", Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez said Monday.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy voted against the plan, but cautioned optimism that McConnell's promise to give an immigration bill floor time would hold more weight than identical commitments in the past. By Sunday night, Senator Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, the majority leader, moved to delay a procedural vote he had called on a temporary spending Bill - a signal that talks were progressing.

With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promising that their issues will be addressed immediately after the government shutdown ends, Republicans were hoping that enough Democrats will cross party lines to support the new, three-week funding bill.

Details of the legislation could be released as early as Monday, sources said.

"The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens", Trump tweeted, before adding, "Not good!"

"We started out with about 17 senators attending the first meeting in our office and the number grew ultimately to 25 senators", said Sen.

"I'm disappointed with the conversation that suggests a false choice", said Democratic Sen. She said Miller was not at the White House "to push his agenda", but rather to support Trump's immigration views.

Raj Shah, the White House deputy press secretary, said: "The fact that they're voting in favour of this proposal that they rejected a few days ago is evidence that they blinked".

Republicans and Democrats spent the weekend pointing fingers at each other over the shutdown and the stalled negotiations, which have largely centered on immigration. The shutdown will not interrupt combat operations in Afghanistan and other military activities, the Defence Department said, and federal law enforcement officers remained on duty.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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