Government Shutdown Ends After Democrats Place Trust In Senate Majority Leader’s Pledge To Address DACA

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York)

The three day U.S. government shutdown ended on Monday after lawmakers in the Senate voted 81-18 to pass another short-term spending bill lasting until February 8th to keep the government funded which was later approved in the House of Representatives and signed by President Trump.

Senate Democrats crossed over to support the temporary spending bill beyond the 60 vote threshold that was needed to pass the bill in the Senate with Republicans holding 51 seats in the Senate.

After refusing to fund the government unless DACA was addressed and over 700,000 Dreamers were protected from deportation beginning in March, Democrats drew a firm red line in the sand over the week-end, supported by a majority of polls showing that overwhelming Americans support a resolution to DACA.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Senate floor on Monday that he attempted to negotiate with President Trump during a private meeting on Friday and even offered to compromise over the building of a southern border wall in exchange for DACA but the President still refused to accept his offer.

“I put his signature campaign issue on the table in exchange for DACA and still he turned away. President Trump’s unwillingness to compromise caused the Trump shutdown and brought us to this moment. The facts are well-known” Sen. Schumer said on Senate floor on Monday.

Senate Democrats eventually agreed to go along with the short-term spending bill on Monday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged late on Sunday to “proceed to legislation that would address DACA, border security and related issues” if the government remains open.

“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” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said late on Sunday during the government shutdown impasse.

On Monday Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said from the Senate floor that he expects Majority Leader McConnell to keep his commitment to proceed to legislation addressing DACA.

“I expect the majority leader to fulfill his commitment to the Senate, to me and to the bipartisan group, and abide by this agreement. If he does not…he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic senators, but members of his own party as well.”

Under the newly approved spending bill, children’s insurance through CHIP is renewed for 6 years and 3 healthcare related Obamacare taxes are delayed.

President Trump tweeted on Monday that the end of the government shutdown was a “big win” for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown.

Trump added, “Now I want a big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA, but especially for our Great Military and Border Security. Should be able to get there. See you at the negotiating table!”

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