Senate Delays Vote To Keep U.S. Government Open

A Senate vote to pass a temporary 3 week spending bill that was scheduled for 1:00 a.m. on Monday was postponed until noon on Monday after Senate members adjourned without an agreement as the U.S. government shutdown enters its 3rd day.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave notice from the Senate floor late on Sunday that if the proposed funding bill which is scheduled to be voted on noon Monday is approved, he would move to legislation that addresses DACA, border security and other issues.

“Should these issues not be resolved by the time the funding bill before us expires on February  8, 2018 assuming that the government remains open, it would be my intention to proceed to legislation that would address DACA, border security and related issues” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

It is unclear if Senate Democrats will accept Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s solemn pledge to bring up legislation related to DACA, border security, and immigration after a 3 week spending bill is approved in the U.S. Senate.

So far Democrats in the Senate have refused to vote in favor of a temporary funding bill unless DACA is first addressed concerning an estimated 800,000 “Dreamers” who could face the prospect of deportation after March 5th when President Trump’s rescinded action towards DACA officially goes into effect.

According to Senate protocol, 60 “yes” votes are needed in the Senate to advance a new spending bill that keeps the U.S. government fully funded.

Currently, Republicans hold 51 Senate seats and are still in need of additional Democratic votes in the Senate to approve a new spending bill that keeps the U.S. government open.

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