Government Shutdown Coming To An End After Senate Agreement

McConnell offers an olive branch to re-open the government, but will it be enough?

Senate moves to end government shutdown as Dems drop opposition

The House and the Senate voted Monday to end the government shutdown, extending funding for three weeks, following a deal being reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding assurances related to immigration.

In a sign of the poisoned politics of Washington, when top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer announced his party would vote with Republicans to end the shutdown he also pilloried Trump.

Legislation to renew government funding easily won enough support in a vote in the Senate and was expected to pass the House of Representatives, allowing government to reopen through Feb 8.

President Trump said he was pleased the Democrats had "come to their senses", but said he would only make a long-term deal on immigration "if and only if it's good for our country".

The Senate still must vote on final passage to send the bill to the House.

"Anything could happen. It's not a done deal for the Democrats, they have merely bought themselves some more time".

The measure does include six years of funding for a lapsed children's health insurance programme.

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A spending bill Friday night, which would've kept the government open through February 16, failed to get the 60 votes necessary to move forward.

Even if an immigration bill passes the Senate, however, it's unclear whether House Speaker Paul Ryan would bring up the same bill in the Republican-controlled House.

Finger-pointing over the impasse meanwhile has led the White House to coin the phrase "Schumer shutdown", in honor of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from the president's home state of NY.

She did not mention Mr Trump's speaking to any Democrats but said White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short had been in touch with members of both parties and updated Mr Trump.

But on Monday morning, the first official day of government employee furloughs, McConnell said he intends to bring DACA and other immigration issues up for debate before February 8.

McConnell said Democrats caved after realizing the shutdown wasn't politically wise.

We just wish Congress could get the job done without shutting down the government first. But protection for DACA recipients - the main issue of contention during the government shutdown - remains uncertain.

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"What we shared in common was the determination to accomplish the goal of reopening government, convincing our leaders that there was a path forward that would also accommodate those of us who are concerned about the fate of the dreamers who live in this country, many of whom have known no other country as their home", Collins said.

In tweets Monday morning, President Donald Trump blamed the Democrats for the shutdown.

But Senate leaders have been wary of such a move in the past, as it could come back to haunt them the next time the other party holds a majority.

"If the Republicans said we are ending same-sex marriage, but we promise Democrats a vote later; or we approve of oil drilling in every national park, but you'll have a vote later - do you think the Democrats would say yes?"

"Now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate", he said of legislation to halt any deportation efforts aimed at the younger immigrants.

'My concern with the three-week extension adopted today is that the Republican leadership will fail to negotiate for 15 of the next 17 days, ' said Oregon Democratic Sen.

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