US Senate talks advance as government workers shut down

US Senate talks advance as government workers shut down

Congress voted on Monday to end a three-day US government shutdown, approving the latest short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants.

Earlier in the day Trump encouraged the Senate's Republican leaders to invoke the "nuclear option" - a procedural maneuver to change the chamber's rules to allow passage of a budget by a simple majority of 51 votes to end the shutdown.

Monday's resolution came as the government shutdown entered its third day and threatened to have a greater impact on the public - with hundreds of thousands of government employees expected to be furloughed and federal services potentially jeopardized. He's one of 10 Democrats running again in states that Trump won in 2016.

Senate leaders have reached an agreement to reopen the government.

According to the multiple reports, Trump has held calls with Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, but has stayed out of touch with Democrats.

"I think if we've learned anything during this process it's that a strategy to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something that the American people didn't understand", McConnell said.

The Senate has started a vote to advance the bill reopening government. If it gets the necessary 60 votes, and the House concurs - which is not assured - the Senate could begin considering immigration plans.

"Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O", Schumer said. The measure gained 50 votes to proceed to 49 against, but 60 were needed to break a Democratic filibuster.

-Any move to halt deportation efforts aimed at immigrant "Dreamers", who were brought to the U.S.as children and are now in the country illegally.

Without a quick deal, most day-to-day operations in the federal government will be disrupted. As do comments made by Democrats from Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (Senate Democrats "are getting their butts kicked") and California Sen.

Trump's shifting positions, particularly on protections for young immigrants, twice scuttled deals that could have avoided the shutdown, frustrating Republicans and Democrats alike.

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But the White House appeared in no mood for bipartisanship or magnanimity after a shutdown that overshadowed Trump's first anniversary in office.

"We're going to open the government and solve immigration at the same time", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

There were indications Sunday that Democratic resolve was beginning to waver, with growing worries that a prolonged shutdown could prove to be an electoral headache for the party just as it has grown more confident about prospects in November. Senator Mitch McConnell is seen here speaking on the night of the shutdown. These are law-abiding immigrants, brought here as small children, eager to contribute to the only country a lot of them have ever known. Among those also opposing the measure were Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

"This is the first time in history that under Republican control that we're going to take up this issue on the floor", Hawaii Sen.

"Last week, I was moved to tears of joy when Democrats stood up and fought for progressive values and for Dreamers".

Graham - once a strident opponent of Trump's who has developed a cozy relationship with the president over the past few months - said over the weekend that he is skeptical of numerous president's advisers, especially White House senior policy aide Stephen Miller, who push Trump in a conservative direction on immigration as soon as he seems to want a compromise. Next up, a final vote on a Republican proposal to extend government funding until February 8th.

"I expect the majority leader to fulfill his commitment to the Senate, to me and to the bipartisan group, and abide by this agreement". The Republicans had been insisting on longer, at least a month.

"Three days late, it is nonetheless a positive development", he said, "that enough Senate Democrats have finally agreed to what Republicans proposed all along".

Asked by ABC News if he was referring to Trump's senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, a hardliner on immigration and close adviser on the issue to Trump, Graham said: "I'll just tell you his view of immigration has never been in the mainstream of the Senate".

President Trump, a Republican, said in a statement: "I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses". Whether Trump would back the emerging plan or any later proposal on immigration is an open question.

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