Trump signs funding bill, ending government shutdown

Lawrence Kim
January 23, 2018

The Senate voted Monday to end a thee-day government shutdown as its full effects began to be felt with hundreds of thousands of federal workers forced to stay home at the start of the work week. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country", Trump said.The White House said it is ready to negotiate with the Democrats even if there is differences between the two."We've been very clear about what we want to see in any legislation, and I don't think that there's a whole lot of daylight between where we are and where the Democrats are.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), in his Senate floor speech, acknowledged the vote "will not satisfy everyone on both sides", but he called it "a way forward" on DACA negotiations.

"So long as the government remains open, it would be my intention to take up legislation that would address DACA, border security, and related issues", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote.

The House passed a stopgap bill last week that would have funded the federal government through February 16, but the change to the bill in the Senate forced House lawmakers to vote on the new terms.

A group of Senate Republicans met with Trump at the White House shortly after the Senate advanced the spending bill, including No. 2 GOP leader John Cornyn and immigration hardliners Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. "Today, I am moved to tears of disappointment and anger that Democrats blinked".

The measure also includes money to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, whose authorization expired in September, for six years. The intervening period could also provide multiple opportunities for conflict within the GOP over immigration policy, and for more odd and erratic behavior from the White House. The shutdown took effect Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the president's inauguration, but the White House maintains that Trump came out the victor in the GOP's standoff with Democrats.

"I refuse to put the lives of almost 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word", she said.

Schumer had faulted Trump for the stalemate, noting Monday that the president twice rescinded a compromise deal he agreed to on Friday. It will also be frequently noted that potential 2020 presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren all voted "nay", presumably agreeing with what will likely be the progressive activist reaction to the "cave". The House is expected to vote on it on Monday evening.

"President Trump's unwillingness to compromise. brought us to this moment", Schumer said.

"Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members".

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of OH said that once the spending bill was passed, "I'm hoping we can get serious about a whole host of issues".

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