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Senate Passes Measure to End Shutdown

The Senate voted 81-18 today to break the Democrat filibuster and reopen the government, after a three-day shutdown.

Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill, which would provide funding to keep the government open before a permanent funding agreement is met on February 8.

Prior to the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Democrats would back the bill if Republicans addressed immigration – Democrats have pushed Congress to reach a deal to resolve the status of “Dreamers” who are at risk of being deported after President Trump’s ending of the DACA program in September.

President Trump took to Twitter this morning to share his thoughts on the shutdown, saying, “The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!”

Democrats had refused to vote for the bill until a deal was reached. During the shutdown, Schumer had stated that Senate Democrats would keep negotiating with Republicans on a bill to protect DACA recipients from deportation.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the end of the standoff shows that the American people “didn’t understand” why Democrats shut down the government, and that Democrats’ obstructionist actions could be chalked up to the fact that they wanted to impede GOP measures while helping illegal immigrants.

To many Republicans, the end of the shutdown represents a victory, as Democrats have managed to demoralize their base while complying with Republican demands.

President Trump plans to publicly speak about the end of the shutdown, a White House official told the press shortly after the vote.


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