Many Democrats had anxious that the Republican talking point that Democrats were siding with "illegal immigrants" over the military and government would resonate with voters as the stalemate extended into the workweek Monday morning.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said he thought Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY agreed to push back the vote to give his caucus "a chance to chew" on a GOP proposal to break the impasse.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown.
A bipartisan group of roughly 20 senators said earlier they were nearing an agreement to pass a spending bill to reopen the government in exchange for plans to begin work on immigration legislation. The White House said he was in regular contact with Republican leaders, but he has not reached out to any Democrats, a White House official said. The group was set to meet again Monday morning. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who voted for the spending bill Monday.
In the end, the shutdown lasted 16 days - the longest and most costly in American history.
Just last month, immigration advocates, including members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were furious with Schumer and Democratic leaders for not forcing a fight over the young immigrants. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the deal did not secure an immediate vote on immigration tied to reopening the government, but lawmakers were seeking "an agreement that we would proceed to immigration".
There were indications Sunday that Democratic resolve was beginning to waver, with growing worries that a prolonged shutdown could prove to be an electoral headache for the party just as it has grown more confident about prospects in November.
Before Thursday night's House approval, GOP leaders sweetened the stopgap measure with legislation to extend for six years a popular health care program for children from low-income families and two-year delays in unpopular "Obamacare" taxes on medical devices and generous employer-provided health plans. Thirty-four percent thought renewing DACA was more important than preventing a shutdown.
The stark division between the parties was on full display Sunday morning as lawmakers took to the Sunday shows to assign fault for the funding impasse on their political opponents, while offering little optimism that a compromise is on the horizon. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, signaled Sunday that the House would pass the bill. Schumer, who believed he was close to a deal on Friday after meeting the president at the White House over cheeseburgers, blasted Trump's refusal to re-engage.
As of Sunday night, it was the last discussion Schumer has had with the White House.
At the heart of the dispute is the issue of undocumented immigration. Dick Durbin of IL is "unacceptable" to Trump.
Schumer called on Trump to return to the bargaining table.
But as Schumer was making that statement, news organizations were reporting that he had rescinded an earlier offer to the President, in which Democrats said they would back money for a border wall, in exchange for DACA protections for the Dreamers. I do know this about what the answer is - the answer is opening back up the government, dealing with DACA and military funding. Cloture was only invoked 77 times during Trump's first year in office, down from a high of 187 during President Barack Obama's 7th year in office.
The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, asked by a reporter whether Schumer offered Trump $25 billion for the wall in a major concession to the president, did not dispute the figure, but said: "He did it in the context of a negotiation".
In the wake of Friday's shutdown vote in the, which dozens of Dreamers watched from the public viewing galleries, they claimed victory. "The President needs to pull up a chair to end this shutdown". They also see the disconnect with both sides of the aisle in Washington widening.
In agreeing on Monday to end a three-day government shutdown - the first since 2013 - and fund the government until February 8, Senate Democrats got a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he would allow an immigration debate on the Senate floor in the near future.
"The president's position is clear: we will not negotiate on the status of unlawful immigrants while Sen".
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