End to government shutdown in sight as Senate Democrats halt filibuster

Mitch McConnell

U.S. senators have struck a deal to lift a three-day government shutdown and try to end a fight between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security.

Many Democrats are incensed about the deal Senate Democrats reached with Republicans on Monday, the third day of a shutdown, to reopen the government.

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 White House argues Democrats "caved" after Trump refused to negotiate with them on immigration policy until the government reopened.

The shutdown had started at Friday midnight after the Senate failed to adopt a House-approved stop-gap funding measure that extended through mid-February.

Republican and Democrat senators have struck a deal to end a U.S. government shutdown while they work on a bipartisan deal on the fate of the "Dreamers". Federal contractors will see payments delayed, and the Internal Revenue Service will slow its preparations for the coming tax season.

"We were in bipartisan, earnest, good-faith DACA negotiations before the shutdown", Ryan said on "Fox & Friends", referring to talks over how to resolve the status of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.


Harris, a likely 2020 presidential candidate who voted against the deal, said McConnell's promise on DACA "fell far short of the ironclad guarantee" she needed "to support a stopgap spending bill".

Senate Democrats had hinged their support for any spending bill on DACA's renewal.

Thirty-three Democrats joined 48 Republicans to end debate in the 100-member chamber on a bill extending the government's spending authority through February 8, setting the stage for final Senate passage.

"Not only do they not consult us, but they can't even get on the same page with their own president", he said. The House was expected to vote later in the day. The vote is happening now, but more than enough senators have voted to advance the bill ending the shutdown.

Those dozen Republicans were among about 25 senators, including McCaskill, who helped lead the Senate, at least temporarily, out of a political logjam that shut the government down over the weekend. But, with blame for the shutdown falling mostly to the Democrats, the GOP made no substantive concessions.

"I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children", Trump said in a statement that was read from the briefing room podium by his press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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