The Senate voted on Monday to end the first government shutdown since 2013, ending a three-day pause in federal funding after Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a deal that includes a GOP promise to hold a vote on immigration in the coming weeks.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said earlier on Monday that Democrats would accept a deal to end the government shutdown in exchange for open negotiations on an immigration bill to protect recipients of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
The continuing resolution bill passed 81-18.
“After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement,” Schumer said on the Senate floor before a vote the bill that would keep the government funded until Feb. 8.
For their vote, Democrats secure a bipartisan debate on immigration reform ahead of March’s deadline for those impacted by the administration’s ending of DACA — but if a deal is not reached by Feb. 8, Democrats have agreed to again vote for a short-term funding bill to keep negotiations moving.
Schumer also said that McConnell agreed to “immediately proceed to consideration of legislation” that would protect DACA recipients, who are known as “Dreamers,” if a deal isn’t reached by the new funding deadline.
“Now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate. It is a good solution and I will vote for it,” the minority leader added.
However, President Donald Trump’s role remains up in the air, as Schumer noted during his speech that he hasn’t been in contact with the president or the White House since an initial deal to avert a government shutdown fell through late last week.
“Since our meeting in the Oval Office on Friday, the president and I have not spoken. And the White House refused to engage in negotiations over the weekend,” Schumer said.
The relationship appears to still be on the rocks, as Schumer continued to blame the shutdown on the president, calling it the “Trump shutdown” multiple times during his speech on the Senate floor. The president, for his part, took to Twitter early on Monday and pointed the finger at Democrats, arguing that they were putting Dreamers’ needs ahead of American citizens.
“The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!” Trump wrote.
The measure needs to pass the House and then gain Trump’s signature for the government to reopen.
Watch the minority leader’s comments below, via MSNBC.