United States senate votes to reopen government for two weeks
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 24, 2018,
Jan 24, 2018, 11:06
Federal employees will be paid for salary lost during the three-day shutdown (ABC News). Democrats had attempted to pair such items with an appropriations package.
The Senate vote was 81-18 - well above the 60 votes needed. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., voting no. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey voted no, as did Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Earlier Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats would vote to fund the government until February 8 under the assurance that the chamber would take up an immigration bill by that date, even if lawmakers can not reach a compromise.
The funding bill also reinstates the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, which was a big priority for Democrats.
One potential issue is that the deal to vote on immigration proposals applies only to the Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), in his Senate floor speech, acknowledged the vote "will not satisfy everyone on both sides", but he called it "a way forward" on DACA negotiations.
The shutdown, the first since 2013, cast a shadow over the first anniversary of Trump's presidential inauguration on Saturday and forced him to cancel a planned weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in the state of Florida.
Trump agreed to the outlines of the deal, Schumer claimed, before backing out. Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, are divided in their degree of fervor: While a majority voted for Monday's deal, 15, including California's Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, voted to prolong the shutdown absent protections for Dreamers. "As I have always said, once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair, illegal immigration". "We'll make a long-term deal on immigration if it is good for the country".
Sen. Susan Collins stands with Sen.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is playing hardball on President Donald Trump's proposed border wall after making an offer to Trump during failed negotiations on government funding.
Both senators from Colorado, Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet, voted yes.
Several prominent Democrats, liberal groups and immigration rights organizations criticized Schumer for agreeing to a vote Monday that did not guarantee the passage of a DACA extension.
"Now those talks can get going again", said McConnell. "When we tried it, it didn't work well for us", GOP Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said, to the agreement of some Republicans.
"President Trump's unwillingness to compromise. brought us to this moment", Schumer said.
"What we're saying is, 'open the government and then we'll get back to the negotiations that were already underway that they blew up when they shut the government down, ' " Ryan said. The White House and GOP leaders said they would not negotiate with Democrats on immigration until the government was reopened, and White House officials boasted that Trump didn't reach out to any Democratic lawmakers during the shutdown.