House joins Senate in passing bill to end government shutdown

The figures of Grief and History stand on top of the Peace Statue near the U.S. Capitol after Presid

House joins Senate in passing bill to end government shutdown

Legislation on DACA will go to the floor by that point if lawmakers can't reach a deal on the immigration program, Senate leaders said.

With no immediate end in sight, lawmakers are also ramping up the public blame game for the shutdown, the first in modern history to take place with the same political party controlling the House, Senate and White House, and occurring on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The U.S. Senate has procured enough votes from Republicans and Democrats to end the three-day government shutdown that began Friday at midnight. "We've been very clear about what we want to see in any legislation, and I don't think that there's a whole lot of daylight between where we are and where the Democrats are".

Senate Democrats joined in approving a Republican leadership plan to provide funding for government agencies through February 8 - with a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work toward a bipartisan compromise on immigration, border security, and a broader budget outline before that new deadline.

More than 850,000, "non-essential" federal workers had to stay home during the last shutdown in 2013.

Immigration and the budget are entangled because of Congress' failure to approve a full-scale budget on time by October 1, 2017, just weeks after Trump summarily ordered an end by March to Obama-era legal protections for young immigrants known as the "Dreamers".

Responding to the development, Trump said: "I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders, and insurance for vulnerable children".

"We're going to open the government and solve immigration at the same time", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

"Our administration worked in good faith to put a bipartisan deal on the table that would strengthen our borders, end chain migration, eliminate the visa lottery, and deal compassionately with DACA", Pence said in a statement.

The House approved the funding bill by a vote of 266-150 just hours after it passed the Senate by a vote of 81-18.

Democrats won. They got a pathway to passing a DACA bill.

The ad, posted on YouTube, focused on the ongoing death penalty trial in Sacramento, California, of Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico accused of killing two local deputies in 2014.

In exchange for his support, Schumer said, he has received assurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that if an agreement isn't reached by then, the GOP leader will bring a vote to the floor on legislation to grant legal status to those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought here as children.

Trump signed the measure into law Monday night, and government operations would essentially return to normal on Tuesday.

But Democrats appeared to be holding out for a firmer commitment from McConnell.

House Speaker Paul Ryan underscored the differences as Senate leaders negotiated.

The figures of Grief and History stand on top of the Peace Statue near the U.S. Capitol after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2018.

President Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of prioritizing services and security for noncitizens over USA citizens.

Channeling rage from immigration activists, the possible 2020 candidates were highly critical of their leaders' willingness to trust that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will allow an immigration vote after February 8 if senators can not strike a deal before then. "Today, I am moved to tears of disappointment and anger that Democrats blinked", said Frank Sharry, the executive director of the immigration advocacy group America's Voice. "Some of us struggle to trust him", Sen. Schumer, who believed he was close to a deal on Friday after meeting the president at the White House over cheeseburgers, blasted Trump's refusal to re-engage. "That's a pretty powerful number of people who are able to make a difference with their votes and their voices", she said.

Republicans have just a one-seat majority in the Senate, and therefore have to lure some Democrats to their side to get a 60-vote supermajority to bring the stop-gap funding motion forward.

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