US Senate votes to end government shutdown

The Capitol Building home to the U.S. Congress is seen in Washington D.C. Funding for federal agencies ran out on Saturday

US govt could reopen Monday if Republicans agree to address Democrats' immigration concerns

Trump said he was glad the government will be funded.

Trump said he was pleased that the Democrats had "come to their senses", and added that a long-term immigration deal would be reached "if, and only if, it's good for our country".

The shutdown that started Saturday morning is expected to furlough an estimated 850,000 federal employees, forcing them to stay home.

"We have 17 days until the next shutdown and that's 17 days where the Dreamer community and their supporters and allies can really step out [and make a difference] before this agreement runs out on February 8". The Senate over the weekend inched closer but ultimately fell short of a deal that could have reopened the government before the beginning of the workweek.

Pence says before a dinner in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) that the shutdown is ending "thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump" and congressional Republicans.

Even some Republicans are complaining about the White House's role in the negotiations, though they have pinned the blame not on Trump but on the staff around him.

Pence was joined by Netanyahu for statements at the prime minister's residence before dinner with their spouses.

The Commerce Department had a similar message, "In the event of a government shutdown, there will be no updates to Commerce bureau sites".

McConnell reiterated Monday morning that he would move to vote on an immigration bill if the two sides can't agree to one by february 8, as long as the government is still fully open.

On Friday, Trump scuttled a deal to keep the government open, then spent the weekend loafing while his underlings -with the help of Russian bots - failed at trying to pin the shutdown on Democrats.

Earlier, in a Senate speech, he called the partial government closure the "Trump Shutdown", contending that he offered the president funding for the wall, a key 2016 Trump campaign promise, but that the USA leader would not compromise on other immigration policy changes. The vote was 81 to 18 to invoke cloture on debate and proceed to a vote on the underlying Continuing Resolution, the "continuing" part being funding the government, which is expected to pass (it needs only a simple majority). There is a DACA bill now working its way through the House that would deliver on a number of conservative immigration priorities, but it has no chance in the Senate.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer lent his backing to the agreement during a speech on the chamber's floor.

"This immigration debate will have a level playing field at the outset and an amendment process that is fair to all sides", he said Monday.

The government is now most likely to reopen latest by Tuesday. Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill later in the day. "I do expect the White House to remain engaged", Cornyn said afterward.

Earlier, President Trump called on Republicans to use the "nuclear option" and pass a budget using 50 votes.

That would clear the way for an end to the three-day shutdown.

"We now have a window of opportunity, where this group has to show that it can work together and build a bipartisan consensus that produces a product, worthy of time on the floor", said U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) on MSNBC.

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson is predicting a resounding yes from Democrats on the plan.

The Senate, according to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), will vote in favor of a bill to reopen the government on Monday and fund it for three weeks. Those groups, like many Democrats, are skeptical of GOP pledges to resolve DACA by its March expiration, and argue so-called Dreamers are already losing key protections.

"It would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security, and related issues as well as disaster relief, defense funding, health care, and other important matters", McConnell said. The wall, however, symbolizes the compromise between both parties.

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