Congress votes to reopen the government for another 3 weeks

Posted January 24, 2018

The president warmed to playing hardball with the Democrats, and urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to keep winning the debate. Democrats had attempted to pair such items with an appropriations package.

But Trump was pleased with the work of his staff defending him on air and urged them to "hold the line" during a visit to Sanders' office, which had become a de facto war room in the West Wing, according to a White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal discussions.

Sixty votes were needed to end the Democrats' filibuster, and the party's senators provided 33 of the 81 the measure got.

A group of Democrats, some of them 2020 presidential hopefuls, maintained their opposition to the bill. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

The U.S. Senate on Monday passed a three-week funding bill to reopen the federal government after a three-day shutdown, sending it to the House of Representatives for a final vote.

The measure continues funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another six years.

One potential issue is that the deal to vote on immigration proposals applies only to the Senate.

"As soon as the Senate voted to reopen the government, the President continued conversations on the next steps on responsible immigration reform", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday in a statement. U.S. Senate reached 60 votes Monday to advance bill to end government shutdown. Shutdowns may make good partisan theater, but they don't make any winners.

Sen. Susan Collins stands with Sen.

Disagreement over DACA figured into the policy deadlock that led to the shutdown.

Several prominent Democrats, liberal groups and immigration rights organizations criticized Schumer for agreeing to a vote Monday that did not guarantee the passage of a DACA extension.

In an impassioned closed-door meeting, Schumer told his members that McConnell's pledge was the best deal they were going to get. "Some of us struggle to trust him", Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said, to the agreement of some Republicans. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Trump weighed in Tuesday via Twitter: "Nobody knows for sure that the Republicans & Democrats will be able to reach a deal on DACA by February 8, but everyone will be trying.with a big additional focus put on Military Strength and Border Security".

"I was more negative yesterday, last night, than I was today", said Sen. Two days later, Sens.

Senator Tim Kaine waits to speak to a reporter on Capitol Hill after the Senate voted to fund the USA government, January 22, 2018 in Washington.

The latest short-term funding bill passed as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants.

Immigration is a divisive issue, but the public isn't particularly divided over Dreamers: About three-quarters of Americans, if not more, oppose deporting them, and rightly so.

The shutdown battle - settled mostly on Trump's terms - complicated the already hard search for an immigration pact: GOP hard-liners appeared emboldened, while Democrats absorbed withering criticism from progressives.