Senate votes to end shutdown after Democrats and McConnell reach deal | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 22, 2018

Senate votes to end shutdown after Democrats and McConnell reach deal

Posted By on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Reporting — here from Politico — indicates a possible end to shutdown with reluctant Democrats coming around to a promise from Republican leader Mitch McConnell for a fair debate and vote on immigration issues.

The deal puts a temporary spending plan in place through Feb. 8.

The agreement will keep the federal government open until February 8, Schumer said, during which time the two parties will keep negotiating on a more permanent arrangement. If a deal is not struck by the February 8 deadline, Schumer said the Senate will immediately move on to consideration of legislation to protect Dreamers impacted by President Trump’s decision to end the DACA exec order.

As part of the deal for a temporary fix, the Children’s Health Insurance Program is guaranteed funding for six years.

The Senate voted 81-18 to end the filibuster. On to negotiations, which seem futile given stance of U.S. House and Donald Trump. But Democrats will have some high ground to fight from.

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