Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US Democrats accept compromise to end government shutdown

US Democrats accept compromise to end government shutdown

It took an agreement between moderate senators, such as Republican Lindsay Graham and Democrat Dick Durbin, with Senate leaders to get the continuing resolution passed.

"Let's step back from the brink", McConnell said. An email sent to a White House aide Monday seeking comment on the Senate vote was returned with an automatic out-of-office reply.

While Flake characterized McConnell's effort as a "pretty high profile promise", and some Democrats said that they felt additionally encouraged Monday, it was far from certain that a solution would come Monday.

It is still unclear what the agreement includes.

"If we've learned anything during this process, it's that a strategy to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something the American people didn't understand and would not have understood in the future", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said shortly before the vote. "Some of us struggle to trust him", Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC told reporters, appearing alongside GOP Sens.

Essential federal services and military activity are continuing, but even active-duty troops will not be paid until a deal is reached to reopen the U.S. government.

Democrats have refused to go along with the temporary federal funding request unless it addresses DACA in part because they fear Republican leaders will not act to protect the "Dreamers" before March when deportations are set to begin.

Lawmakers are at odds over a range of defense spending and immigration issues, including a legislative fix for almost 800,000 undocumented young people brought to the U.S.as children.

Three days into a government shutdown, Trump had yet to make a public appearance, although he had issued a number of tweets accusing Democrats of prioritizing non-U.S. citizens over citizens.

Representatives from those talks briefed leaders in the afternoon, but the suspense dragged out for almost six hours before McConnell made his announcement.


Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., joined the talks, and is one of several Democrats up for re-election in states where Trump won in 2016.

Despite some Democratic aides saying they believe the deal would get the required 60 votes on the Senate floor to advance, a senior Democratic aide on Sunday insisted the support is not there.

"(Kelly) said it was too liberal", a Democratic aide close to the discussions said.

Passage of the CR would mean that the impacts of the shutdown will be reversed, at least until February 8. The Republican president then rejected a bipartisan measure and negotiations stalled.

Senate leaders have reached an agreement to reopen the government.

The shutdown is heading into its third day.

The legislation came up with a vote of 50-49 - about 10 votes short of passing.

Senate Democrats, who had sought firmer guarantees from McConnell on immigration, were initially reluctant to accept his terms.

"[McConnell] is going to bring up a bill keeping things funded to February 8", Ryan said.

"It also responds to this constant criticism we hear: 'Oh, you Republicans control the White House and the House and the Senate, why can't you just fund the government?' " he said.

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