Senate passes bill to end shutdown, House to vote soon; reaction and analysis on 'The Five'. The shutdown started Friday when the Senate failed to pass a temporary funding plan.
Congress moved back from the brink of total dysfunction Monday when the Senate voted to end the Democratic filibuster blocking a House-approved bill to continue funding for the government.
"Senate Democrats and Sen". "Assuming that the government remains open, it would be my intention to proceed to legislation that would address DACA". "It was wrong to hold the nation hostage to the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] issue, something that was unrelated to the federal government's budget".
Second, without CHIP as a concern, Democrats should have more bargaining power. In an immigration bill, Republicans want increased border security funding and changes to extended family migration and the visa "lottery" system.
The president was referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era program that offers certain protections to undocumented immigrants, popularly known as Dreamers, who were brought to the USA illegally as children.
Before McConnell spoke, Democratic leaders were pushing lawmakers to oppose a Republican bill to reopen government in a vote scheduled for noon, according to aides, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss strategy. CNN had previously claimed the president was "irrelevant" in discussions, even though a Democratic Party leader met with the president before the shutdown occurred in an attempt to hammer out a deal. Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) said he would take up immigration legislation in February.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the proposal was "totally unacceptable to the president and should be declared dead on arrival". "These days, you never know who to deal with when it comes to the Republicans".
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Trump was also warned by allies, including chief of staff John Kelly and budget director Mick Mulvaney, not to reopen negotiations with Schumer, whom White House staffers believed would have to fold.
Both Cotton and Perdue, Trump allies in the Senate, also stood up for the president after Durbin said he called African nations "s--hole" countries during one of the immigration meetings earlier this month.
My final point is this: although the drama unfolding has largely been in the Senate, the real test will be in the House. McConnell is grinning ear to ear, and Schumer is left trying to explain to progressives in his conference and immigration advocates campaigning for a DACA solution why this saga was all worth it.
Now, after the shutdown, Schumer has reportedly told the White House border wall funding is off the table.
Schumer accused Trump of failing to help reach a deal. Even though his own party has been critical of the a lack of clarity on this issue, I specifically asked Sarah Sanders about the president's comments in this briefing room yesterday when he said just in September those d.r.e.a.m.ers should not be anxious. Chuck Schumer's shutdown aimed at securing an amnesty for more than a million illegal aliens means an end to such extortion.
"The Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement", Schumer said of McConnell.