Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United States shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

United States shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

After funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday, many USA government employees were told to stay home or in some cases work without pay until new funding is approved.

Democrats from states won by Mr. Trump in 2016 broke with progressives looking to satisfy liberals' and immigrants' demands.

The current government funding expired on Friday midnight as the Senate failed to advance a stopgap spending bill, which had passed the House of Representatives and would fund the government through February 16.

This was in addition to a promise from McConnell to allow a vote on a measure to protect the Dreamers from deportation. "We expect that a bipartisan deal on DACA will receive fair consideration and an up-or-down vote on the floor", Schumer said.

Republicans have just a one-seat majority in the Senate, and therefore have to lure some Democrats to their side to get a 60-vote supermajority to bring the stop-gap funding motion forward. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Cornyn of Texas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, James Lankford of Oklahoma, David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

With the measure moving forward, it will now be hard for Democrats to argue they extracted many concessions from GOP leaders. It doesn't tie the immigration vote to another piece of legislation, a tactic often used to build momentum.

Recipients of DACA legal protections are known as "Dreamers".

Both sides in Washington had tried to blame each other for the shutdown.

The vote to re-open the Federal government passed on Monday afternoon by an 81-18 margin.

Early polls showed that Trump and Republican leaders were drawing most of the blame from American voters, but some Democrats anxious they would pay a higher political cost if the shutdown dragged on.

"The Graham-Durbin proposal is not a proposal the president can sign", Shah told CNN on Monday.

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The group of Republican lawmakers represents the more hard-line and involved senators in the immigration debate, a sign that Trump will need his base of voters to make any immigration deal viable.

Immigration activists and other groups harshly criticized the deal reached by the Democratic leadership. Republicans were unusually disciplined on this messaging and Trump stayed on script.

"Absent a breakthrough, the vote Monday will prove to be a test of unity and resolve among Democrats". It will also extend the low-income children's health insurance program, CHIP, for six years and suspend some taxes under the Affordable Care Act. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN FELT LOCALLYLocally, the impact of the government shutdown is limited.At the Pullman National Monument, the national park superintendent and senior ranger were sent home due to the shutdown.

Republicans have appeared increasingly confident that Democrats were bearing the brunt of criticism for the shutdown and that they would ultimately buckle.

Reading a statement from Trump, Sanders said that the President was "pleased" that Senate Democrats came to an agreement with Republicans, and that he would work with senators on an immigration package.

Trump, who regularly disrupted negotiations in recent weeks, had been a relatively subdued player in the weekend debate. The president and Republican conservatives have demanded that any immigration deal include funding for Trump's signature border wall and changes in immigration laws to end visa preferences for family members of USA citizens, which Trump disparages as "chain migration".

"This represents the first time in a long time that we'll have the Senate actually functioning, working", said Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

Democrats emerged from a caucus meeting announcing they would support the measure.

Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, on Sunday told reporters that "Stephen knows this issue better than anybody else in the White House". The Democrats seemed sensitive to being seen by voters as willing to tie up government operations to protect immigrants in the US illegally. McConnell and Schumer met off the Senate floor in the early evening, as many in quiet Capitol offices flipped their television screens to playoff football games. "If [Democrats] can get language they're comfortable with, I think we'll have the government open".

Monday's breakthrough guaranteed two things, and only two things: That there will be another funding cliff on February 8 and that the deeply contentious immigration debate will rage on.

Social Security and most other safety-net programs were unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority.

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