Trump lauds 'big win' after Dems 'cave' on shutdown, Schumer criticized

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

USA lawmakers struck a deal to reopen the federal government three days into a shutdown prompted by an impasse over immigration and border security, the Senate Democratic leader said on Monday.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer lent his backing to the agreement during a speech on the chamber's floor.

The elected leaders will return to hashing out a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects almost 800,000 so-called "Dreamers" brought to the children from deportation.

Trump announced in September he would revoke those protections.

House conservatives in 2013 helped kill legislation that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

"I'm looking for something that President Trump supports, and he has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign", he said.

Such a debate would occur if a deal on an immigration bill is not reached before February 8, McConnell said. Not good!" He contended that "Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base.

In an unusual formal statement, Trump echoed his press secretary's finger-pointing and vowed to solve "the problem of very unfair illegal immigration". "As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going nowhere", Graham said during negotiations.

The first government shutdown of Donald Trump's presidency spanned 69 hours. "The great deal-making President sat on the sidelines", he said.

The Senate over the weekend inched closer but ultimately fell short of a deal that could have reopened the government before the beginning of the workweek. I think that's significant.

The new spending bill (which the House is expected to approve later today) will extend government funding until February 8. When TPM informed them during the call that Senate leaders had decided against doing so, the news was met with a stunned silence. The government has been operating since October 1 under a series of short-term budget bills because Congress has been able to agree on a year-long spending package.

The cloture vote, which allows the funding bill to move forward without a filibuster, easily cleared the 60-vote threshold with support from both parties in a final vote of 81 to 18. Democrats demanded a guarantee that there will be protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the children and received legal protections under an Obama-era executive order. Trump reversed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September, but gave Congress six months to find a solution.

"Mitch McConnell's empty promises are not to be believed", Vanita Gupta, the president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, told McClatchy.

"It would be helpful if the language were a little bit stronger because the level of tension is so high", Collins told reporters outside her office. "The Republican leader has moved to accommodate the concerns that have been raised".

While the government shutdown is now on its third day, Monday was the first day that hundreds of thousands of government employees were furloughed and not able to go to work.

The shutdown began at 12:01 a.m. ET Saturday after senators blocked a short-term funding bill Friday night as the prior short-term spending measure expired.

For two days, Schumer, perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, succeeded in keeping his party unified in a bid to use the government funding fight to push for protections for some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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