US senators voted to move forward on legislation that would reopen the federal government until February 8, ending a three-day standoff between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security.
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 USA illegally as children.
Earlier, a White House official said Trump planned to publicly tout the end of the government shutdown, despite being publicly absent from the debate over the weekend. President Trump on Monday accused Democrats of prioritizing services and security for noncitizens over US citizens. Not good!" He contended that "Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base.
Not only did they get a deal that benefits their views on immigration, but they've proven that they have the ear of the president and successfully moved Republicans to the right on the topic.
"We hope Democrats, again, will not play politics and they'll focus and put the needs of the country ahead of the political gamesmanship they have been playing over the past couple of months", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday afternoon.
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"They don't want to do it but are powerless", he tweeted, referring to Schumer and other Democratic leaders.
Nelson was one of six Democrats up for reelection in 2018 who voted against a short-term spending bill to keep the government open on Friday night.
Earlier, in a Senate speech, he called the partial government closure the "Trump Shutdown", contending that he offered the president funding for the wall, a key 2016 Trump campaign promise, but that the USA leader would not compromise on other immigration policy changes. Trump, who regularly disrupted negotiations in recent weeks, had been a relatively subdued player in the weekend debate. Whether Trump would back the emerging plan or any later proposal on immigration is an open question. Social Security and most other safety-net programs were unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority.
During the shutdown, service members were still required to report for duty, though they were officially not getting paid.
There have been four government shutdowns since 1990. "We've been at this for 50 years", he said. Meanwhile, federal courts in Chicago kept their doors open Monday. The agency could not say how long their current funding would last.