Senate votes overwhelmingly to end government shutdown

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

Opening the Senate Monday, McConnell said that if they could not find bipartisan solutions on immigration, military spending, disaster aid and other issues by the February 8 deadline then he would hold a vote on those matters.

The relationship between President Trump and top Democrats may be "deteriorating" as the two parties inched closer but ultimately fell short on an agreement that would have re-opened the federal government before Monday.

Democrats had refused to support a temporary budget deal until their concerns about immigration reforms are addressed. Once Mr. Trump signs it, the government will reopen.

Republicans and Democrats spent the weekend trying to strike a deal, but a vote at midnight leading into Monday was suspended for lack of an agreement.

Republican Senators were cautiously optimistic.

USA equity gauges closed at records as the government shutdown appeared to be on the brink of ending. NY time, an all-time high.

It was not clear whether enough Democrats would vote on Monday to advance the temporary spending bill and end the government shutdown.

"The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines", he said.

McConnell said that if by February 8 the Senate had not reached an agreement on immigration, he meant to take up legislation to address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program-as well as border security and increased defense spending. "We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country", he said.

She added that it is unclear what changed for Schumer while noting that she wasn't sure what "positive things" came out of the weekend for Democrats.

But if there is a Senate compromise that includes immigration provisions, the House speaker will have to sell it to a Republican caucus that has drawn a hard-line on the immigration issue.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went to the Senate floor on Sunday night and laid out his position on the government shutdown.

Forty-one percent single out GOP lawmakers for the impasse, while 36 percent name Democrats and 23 percent say they don't know or don't have an opinion, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Monday.

"I am happy to continue my discussion with the majority leader about reopening the government", Schumer said.

Schumer said it will be "neutral and fair to all sides" that will get an up or down vote on the floor. Democrats are rejecting a funding bill until Republicans agree to protect 700,000 immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees also remained on furlough Monday afternoon, even as prospects improved significantly that they would return to work on Tuesday.

Democrats have balked at voting for any measure that does not restore the soon-to-expire Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, that provides legal status to 800,000 immigrant youth who were brought into the country illegally. He tweeted a call for McConnell to invoke the so-called "nuclear option" and thereby remove leverage for Senate Democrats.

Last September, Trump said he was terminating DACA and challenged Congress to come up with a legislative replacement by March 5. The U.S. counts 690,000 people now enrolled in DACA.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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