US Senate Ends Shutdown
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to end the three-day-old government shutdown with 81-18 votes to reopen funding for the Federal Government till Feb. 8.
Democrats agreed to vote along with the Republicans to end the three-day stalemate after they secured assurance from Republican leaders to address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.
However, shortly after the vote to end the shutdown, Trump lashed out at Democrats, saying “they have come to their senses”.
The Democratic Leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer, said after the compromise with the Republicans that “in a few hours, the government will reopen. We have a lot to do”.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer announced that he and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Leader, had “come to an arrangement” to adopt the three-week spending measure while continuing to negotiate a “global agreement”.
According to him, that agreement will include the fate of the Dreamers – undocumented immigrants brought to the country by their parents as children.
Monday’s vote came after a frantic weekend of work by a bipartisan group of more than 20 senators, who on Sunday night discussed a plan in which the government would stay open through early February.
This was in addition to a promise from McConnell to allow a vote on a measure to protect the Dreamers from deportation.
McConnell pledged on Monday morning that he would permit a “free and open debate” on immigration next month if the issue had not been resolved by then.
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