Senate Democrats Reach Deal To End Government Shutdown
Senate Democrats say they are accepting a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for an immigration vote, clearing the way for passage of a bill to reopen the federal government.
McConnell promised to take up an immigration bill that would protect an estimated 800,000 “Dreamers” from deportation, under an open amendment process, if Democrats would agree to end the government shutdown.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will vote today to reopen the government and that the shutdown is something Republicans could have avoided
“We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement with the commitment that if an agreement isn’t reached by February 8, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA,” Schumer said. “The process will be neutral and fair to all sides.”
This comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised from the Senate floor this morning that, if the government was reopened, he would address DACA and immigration, along with other key issues, before February 8.
“In a few hours, the government will reopen. We have a lot to do,” Schumer said.
The Senate Majority Leader spoke after Sen. Chuck Schumer, saying he was glad Democrats have agreed to the continuing resolution that will reopen the government and keep it funding through February 8.
“I think if we’ve learned anything during this process, it’s that a strategy to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something the American people didn’t understand and would not have understood in the future,” McConnell said.