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US Senate votes to end government shutdown

US Senate votes to end government shutdown”

Democrats agreed to support a three-week stopgap measure on Monday after a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put an immigration bill on the chamber floor should the government remain open past February 8.

Congress has ended a three-day United States government shutdown, after Republicans and Democrats voted for a temporary funding bill.

The Senate voted 81-18 to procedurally advance legislation to fund the government through February 8 in exchange for a pledge from the Senate's Republican leadership to take up a renewal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration protections for those brought to the US illegally as children.

"All that the Democrats got out of this is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's promise of a floor debate on immigration".

The Senate first voted 81-18 to end a filibuster that started late on Friday night; four hours later Senators voted by the same margin to approve the bill.

Republican House speaker Paul Ryan said if the Senate passed the spending bill, the House would pass it.

"Listen, I'm disappointed with a conversation that suggests a false choice: You either fund the government or you take care of these DACA kids", said Sen.

While there was optimism from Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer that an immigration bill to protect Dreamers and bolster border security can pass the Senate, it was not clear that the more conservative House would accept such legislation.

"We need to move forward".

A spokesman for McConnell said in response to the tweet that the Senate Republican Conference does not support changing the 60-vote rule, a reiteration of Republican Senate leadership's already-stated opposition to the move Trump has called for over the past year. "We will make a long term deal on immigration if and only if it's good for the country". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)-largely voted against the CR on the Senate floor Monday.

Commenting after the breakthrough vote, Mr Trump said he was glad the government will now be funded. It's the first time Democrats received a firm deadline for a vote on an immigration bill. House action is still needed to send it to President Trump, who could then sign it, and officially re-open the federal government. But Americans didn't like seeing the government shut down in an attempt to stop Obamacare.

A group of mostly Democrats and a few Republicans voted against the legislation, which didn't include an immigration measure.

Trump took a swipe at the Democrats as he signed the bill: "I am pleased that the Democrats in the Congress have come to their senses".

Hundreds of thousands of USA federal employees were forced to stay home without pay Monday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on ending a government shutdown before the start of the work week. "They blinked", principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.



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