Senate Advances Measure to End Government Shutdown

McConnell hoped to set a vote for Sunday night which Schumer opposed in a bid to keep negotiating

A deal was hastily assembled and approved Monday to break through the Senate stalemate over immigration and border security that shut down the government for three days.

We certainly want to negotiate and get to a place, and we're hopeful that we can do that over the next couple weeks", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.Following Democrats vote in the Senate to end government shutdown, Sanders said the Democrats realise that the position they had taken, frankly, was indefensible, and that they had to focus on first funding the military, protecting Border Patrol agents, funding vulnerable children through the CHIP programme."These were things that they didn't disagree with.

The Democrats essentially shut down the government to fight for young immigrants covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program-and then chose to reopen the government three days later without any deal to help said immigrants.

"The Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement", Schumer said. The 700,000 or so Dreamers are still in limbo, immigration reform is still nowhere in sight, and we still don't have an agreement on a longer-term appropriations bill.

After final passage in the Senate, the House is expected to pass the measure Monday afternoon.

The impasse was broken after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to hold an open debate process on a bill to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.

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"I do not see how a vague promise from the Senate Majority Leader about a vague policy to be voted on in the future helps the Dreamers or maximizes leverage the Democrats and American people have over the Republicans right now", Gutierrez said. 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. In return, Senate Republican leaders promised to soon take up immigration and other prickly issues. Thousands of federal employees who had been placed on temporary, unpaid leave since Saturday, breathed a sigh of relief, the BBC reported.

The shutdown undercut Trump's self-crafted image as a dealmaker who would fix the broken culture in Washington.

"I'm so goddamn mad", one senior aide to a Democratic senator who voted to reopen the government on Monday after voting against it on Friday.

It had forced Trump to cancel a planned weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and created uncertainty around his scheduled trip this week to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Washington has been hampered by frequent threats of a shutdown in recent years as the two parties fight over spending, immigration and other issues. The last USA government shutdown was in 2013.

Despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans pinned the blame for the shutdown squarely on Schumer, accusing him of being captive to liberals and advocacy groups which opposed any spending package that didn't result in a solution for the young immigrants. McConnell called off a 1 a.m. Monday vote on reopening the government in favor of the vote at noon, Washington time.

But many Democratic lawmakers and activists, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. And that's precisely how Republicans on Capitol Hill sought to market the shutdown - as a manufactured crisis by a bunch of out-of-touch, coastal elites who care more about helping people in the country illegally than their own constituents.


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