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

US Government set to re-open - but for how long?

US Government set to re-open - but for how long?

Kennedy's remarks come as lawmakers struggle to reach a deal to reopen the government, for which a partial shutdown began at midnight on Saturday after the Senate failed to pass a short-term funding bill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and U.S. Representative for Illinois's 4th congressional district, Luis Gutiérrez, said they were prepared to compromise on President Trump's proposed border wall in order to secure protections for the young undocumented immigrants who fell under the protection of DACA. "We've had several conversations, talks will continue, but we have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable for both sides", Schumer said after McConnell spoke.

Now, the measure goest to President Trump's desk.

Liberal leaders across the country hosted a conference call before Monday's vote to encourage Schumer and other Democrats to oppose any deal that excludes protections for the young immigrants. The resolution now heads to the House of Representatives and then back to the Senate for final approval, before the government can formally reopen.

"I don't see any of our people interested in some half-baked idea that's produced by a self-appointed group of senators", congressman Tom Cole said according to Roll Call.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump had spoken during the day with McConnell and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.

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. "I think we're making progress on this issue".

In a speech on the Senate floor announcing that his caucus would vote to move forward, Schumer said he hadn't spoken with Trump since their Friday meeting at the White House ― before the government shut down.

"Today's cave by Senate Democrats - led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats - is why people don't believe the Democratic Party stands for anything", said Stephanie Taylor, co-founded of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

"Should these issues not be resolved by the time the funding bill before us expires on February 8th, 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", McConnell said. The Democrats seemed sensitive to being seen by voters as willing to tie up government operations to protect immigrants in the US illegally.

"Shutdowns are typically shorter rather than longer, but they should never be normal", the Partnership for Public Service's Simmons said.

Trump was expected to sign the measure into law later Monday, with government operations essentially returning to normal on Tuesday. "We will vote to end this filibuster and advance instead a bipartisan bill that would put this whole mess behind us".

Republicans want funding for border security - including the border wall - and immigration reforms, as well as increased military spending.

She described the president as eager to oversee the shutdown and minimize its effects, criticizing the Obama administration for the way the 2013 shutdown went down. "Not good", his first tweet said.

The amount spent to pay federal employees for not working and the processing costs of stopping and restarting government contracts account for some of the waste of billions during a shutdown, Simmons said.

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