Senate Passes Bill To End Government Shutdown
The three day government shutdown is on the verge of ending after enough Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to pass a three week extension of funding. In exchange the Republican party gave assurances that Congress would take up a larger immigration bill during that time.
The funding measure was approved 81 to 18.
Senate negotiators reached a consensus early on Monday when Minority Leader Chuck Schummer announced a deal on a key vote that needed Democratic support to end the funding impasse.
The decision taken by Democrats has caused division within the party as some members believe that they received enough public assurance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to hold him and others accountable.
Schumer believes that McConnell will hold a vote on DACA which is an Obama-era program that allows people brought illegally to the US as children to stay and remain as citizens.
“After several discussions, offers, counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday. “We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement isn’t reached by Feb. 8, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA.”
Trump meanwhile was pleased by the stance taken by Democrats.
“My administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country,” he added.