Lawmakers reach deal on short-term spending bill to fund govt. through Feb 8

The US Senate reached a deal to reopen the government, 60 hours after it first shut down.

This afternoon, a bipartisan group of negotiators in the Senate came to an agreement on immigration and spending by a vote of 81-18.

The House was expected to also pass the bill and send it to President Donald Trump for signature, effectively reopening the federal government by Monday evening.

The short-term spending bill would fund the government through February 8 and reauthorize the children’s health fund insurance program for six years.

During a speech on the Senate floor today, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said he accepted Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s promise to vote on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, in exchange for reopening the government.

But if breaks that promise there will be consequences.

“If an agreement isn’t reached by February the 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA,” said McConnell. “The process will be neutral and fair to all sides.”

Amid this bipartisan effort to break the budget impasse, Schumer said Trump had no participation in the negotiations.

 

“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. The great dealmaking president sat on the sidelines.”

Trump got some flack after the White House posted a photo of him sitting at a desk, with a phone to his ear, in the Oval Office, reportedly receiving the latest updates from Capitol Hill on shutdown negotiations.

Many Twitter users questioned if he was even working over the weekend.

 

BA’s political expert, Professor Jay Gonzalez of Golden Gate University, joins us to talk about the compromise was reached between both parties at the start of the workweek, when major effects of a government shutdown would have come into full view.

Was it a good move for the Democrats to cave in — as they hope for Mitch McConnell to stay true to his promise to vote on protecting hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants?

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  • Mario
    22 January 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    60 votes needed to avoid Govt shutdown, Senate count is GOP=51 Dems=48, only 6 Dems voted they intentionally shut down the Govt.But it was a political miscalculation,the military work full time without pay to protect our country while the Dems were meant to embarrassed Trump one year Jan 20 anniversary. Dems will never accept that Trump, is the most accomplished Prez in his one year in US history.The Dems prefer to protect the Illegal Alien than the military, they used DACA to prevent the military for getting paid.The Dems shutdown the Govt in favor for the DACA illegal alien. Today, the GOP was shock that the Dems given-up so quickly WITHOUT GETTING ANYTHING. Trump watch at the WH and already seen weakness on Schumers when it comes to negotiation. “American want American first, not illegal alien ahead of them.”

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