Deal in Senate Provides Votes for CR Ending Shutdown

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR An agreement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to provide floor time for an immigration debate won over a majority of the chamber’s Democrats, three days after they withheld their support for a continuing resolution (CR) over the lack of a deal to protect “dreamers” from deportation. Following the deal, the Senate and the House on Monday approved a stopgap measure to end the partial government shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 8.It is far from certain how the arrangement worked out between McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will resolve the underlying issue behind the Democrats’ decision to force a showdown Friday over funding the government. McConnell emphasized that his promise to hold a debate over immigration — including a measure to address the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — by mid-February was contingent on the government remaining open after Feb. 8. In other words, if a bipartisan deal is not reached over the next two-and-a-half weeks, Democrats would need to agree to pass another spending bill for an immigration debate to go ahead in the Senate, reported CQ.And even if the Senate clears a DACA fix, there’s no guarantee it would gain the support of President Trump or the House GOP.Photo by Architect of the Capitollast_img

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