U.S. Senate Votes to Reopen Federal Government

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Published January 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Monday afternoon voted 81-18 to approve legislation to fund the government through February 8 after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) agreed to end the shutdown.

The Democrats did an about-face on approving a short-term funding after only after McConnelll assured Democrats he would negotiate on immigration and other funding issues.

“The process will be neutral and fair to all sides,” Schumer said. “We expect that a bipartisan bill on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will receive fair consideration and an up-or-down vote on the floor.”


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