U.S. shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

Posted January 25, 2018

Following the end of this three-day government shutdown, USA president Donald Trump is stating that this is a big win for the Republicans.

In a bid to force a DACA fix, Democrats refused to support a funding bill that would keep government operations running, resulting in a three-day federal shutdown that ended on Monday night after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised that immigration legislation would be addressed in early February.

Former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program gave the Dreamers legal protections and shielded them from deportation.

"Stop making every single thing that comes up the-end-all-be-all", said Sen. "We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country", Trump said.

But we're approaching the halfway mark of the fiscal year still operating on short-term spending Band-Aids.

During Tuesday's press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the president opposes an immigration proposal brokered by Republican Sens.

Others, like Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., supported a bill they saw as a compromise, but it doesn't reflect the scales of power.

More news: Alexis Sanchez moves to Manchester United; Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal in return

Both sides in Washington had tried to blame each other for the shutdown.

A day after the end of a government shutdown linked to wrangling over immigration, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he pulled the offer because of what he said was Trump's failure to follow through on the outlines of an agreement the two men discussed last Friday.

Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader, has come in for enormous criticism by progressives for his agreement to end the government shutdown.

The president and top Republicans had some success in framing the showdown as a case of Democrats putting the interests of "illegal immigrants" ahead of US citizens, a line of attack Democrats felt they could not weather.

A major aspect has been to position themselves as defenders of immigrants and refugees, groups the Trump administration has targeted. That is the common name given to those who are in the USA illegally after entering the country as children.

And in a tweet late Monday, he again cried victory over the Democrats.

Nearly every Republican in the Senate voted to pass that bill through the upper chamber - where it required a supermajority of 60 and therefore some Democratic votes - while nearly every Democrat in the Senate opposed it.

More news: Egypt's el-Sissi formally submits nomination documents

Schumer said that if McConnell did not hold a good-faith vote on the DACA issue by February 8, the Republican leader "will have breached the trust" of Senate Democrats.

"I'm not holding my breath" for an agreement with Trump on immigration, said Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC and Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen.

President Donald Trump has warned Democrats there will be no agreement to help so-called Dreamers unless they agree to support the USA leader's plans to build a wall along the country's border with Mexico. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and the newly elected Doug Jones of Alabama.

He added: "It is literally a deal that hinges on a nonbinding promise for the Senate to begin talking about immigration later this month on the floor". "I don't think that there's a whole lot of daylight between where we are and where the Democrats are", she said. "I have had more calls on that than any issue in recent times". "And hopefully, we won't have problems like that in the future".

"All Senators who voted to reopen the government without protections for Dreamers effectively voted to fund our deportations", Quinonez said.

Further direct talks with Trump may have to wait. The president's first State of the Union address on January 30 provides him a highly visible opportunity to expand on what he wants in a bill, just over a week before the critical deadline.

Weinberg sophomore and College Democrats co-president Alex Neumann said he anxious that a compromise will result in a centrist position on immigration by Democrats that could allow Republicans to pass "extreme" policies, such as a border wall.

More news: Don't miss the incredible rare 'super blue blood moon' eclipse