The key change that convinced Democrats to strike a shutdown deal

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

The final vote tally in the Senate early Saturday morning was 50-49, with the majority of Democrats and a handful of Republicans voting against advancing the short-term spending bill. That's where the measure hit a snafu late Friday night, triggering the stalemate.

Enactment by Trump of the bill allowed the government to reopen fully on Tuesday and keep the lights on through February 8, when the Republican-led Congress will have to revisit budget and immigration policy, two disparate issues that have become closely linked.

Democrats opposed the short-term spending bill because it did not include protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, or "DREAMers", and also did not address a broad array of other domestic spending priorities.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer did not come to the floor to respond to McConnell, but at least two Democrats who have been attempting to negotiate a way out of the shutdown mess said they were encouraged by McConnell's tone. They agreed with everything that was in this C.R. The president stayed firm. Democrats see the government funding dispute as leverage to get Republicans to pass a permanent DACA law.

Schumer said that he left a meeting with Trump on Friday afternoon hopeful that a deal could be reached after reluctantly suggesting concessions on Trump's plan for a border wall in return for action on DACA recipients.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said he's "enormously optimistic" that there is a pathway to stop the shutdown. Sen. Separately, President Trump turned away from not one, but two bipartisan compromises.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that managing the shutdown is the "biggest part of the process" for Trump.

"I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses", Trump said in a statement.

"Listen, I'm disappointed with a conversation that suggests a false choice: You either fund the government or you take care of these DACA kids", Harris said. Jon Tester of Montana was the only Democrat in a Trump-won state who didn't back the deal - though he said his concern was funding for rural hospitals, rather than immigration.

President Trump said in September he was shutting the scheme, after previously saying they would be protected.

Republicans have appeared increasingly confident that Democrats were bearing the brunt of criticism for the shutdown and that they would ultimately buckle. Chris Coons, D-Del., told NPR's Morning Edition, "because of the famously vulgar way that President Trump sort of blew up the last time thatSens". Lindsey Graham, who has been trying to broker an immigration deal, and Kentucky Sen.

"We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable for both sides", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, (D), said, adding that talks would continue ahead of a procedural vote scheduled for this morning.

The government shutdown went into a second day Sunday with recriminations deepening between the parties and with no sign of progress towards ending the impasse. The Republican president took a new swipe at Democrats as he celebrated the Senate's pact.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who faces a potentially competitive re-election this fall, sounded optimistic about the agreement. McConnell and Schumer met off the Senate floor in the early evening, as many in quiet Capitol offices flipped their television screens to playoff football games.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who has argued for tougher immigration standards, also echoed that sentiment.

"Folks who don't want to have a solution are going to have to answer to the 80 percent of the American people who think that this is the right thing to do, it is the moral thing to do, and I am sure with an election around the corner folks may remember that", said Sen.

The shutdown undercut Trump's self-crafted image as a dealmaker who would fix the broken culture in Washington. He canceled a planned trip to Florida where he hoped to celebrate the first anniversary of his inauguration with a high-dollar fundraising party.

The poll shows Americans are evenly split at 42 percent on the question of whether DACA is an important enough issue to shutter the government.

In an ongoing Twitter battle, Republicans have dubbed the shutdown the "Schumer shutdown" while Democrats are calling it the "Trump shutdown".

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