Government to Reopen After Senate Democrats Back Down

Government to Reopen After Senate Democrats Back Down”

The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek. Trump ended the program - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA - late a year ago, but gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation extending it. DACA now protects some 700,000 immigrants from deportation. "The great dealmaking President sat on the sidelines", said Schumer.

Raj Shah, White House deputy Press Secretary, told CNN that the President was engaged and that the fact that the Senate Democrats voted for a proposal that was on the table Friday, when the President had talked with Schumer, showed that they had "blinked". Senate Democrats say they will not support a funding resolution that does not include protections for immigrants brought to the children under the DACA program and spending for disaster relief. Democratic aides said despite the pressure from some of his party's most energized forces, Schumer knew his caucus would not hold together at that point.

A block of liberal Democrats - some of them 2020 presidential hopefuls - stuck to their opposition.

The White House and GOP leaders said they would not negotiate with Democrats on immigration until the government is reopened.

Trump spent the morning in the residence of the White House, following coverage of the shutdown and speaking with Republican leaders on the phone, a senior administration official said.

Democrats had blocked a temporary spending bill passed by the House that would have funded the government until February 16.

The effects of the shutdown over the weekend were relatively limited: halting trash pickup on National Park Service property, canceling military reservists' drill plans, switching off some government employees' cellphones.

Trump and Republicans accused Democrats of putting the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of USA military personnel and government workers. They don't want to do it but are powerless!' The measure needed 60 votes, and Democrats provided 33 of the 81 it got.

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 White House has said it supports the plan for funding through February 8 but has been wary of making concessions on immigration. Whether Trump would back the emerging plan or any later proposal on immigration is an open question.

During the shutdown, service members were still required to report for duty, though they were officially not getting paid.

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