Democrats Agree to Vote to Reopen US Government - Schumer


John Roberts reports from the White House on the latest back and forth between the president and Democrat leaders.

The Senate and House voted Monday to advance a temporary spending plan to reopen the government, despite the ongoing stalemate over protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Photo A protest in Lower Manhattan on Monday. That impasse prevented passage of a needed funding bill centered on former Democratic President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., also voted against the proposal.

The House passed a stopgap bill last week that would have funded the federal government through Feb. 16, but the change to the bill in the Senate forced House lawmakers to vote on the new terms. It is worth noting that the public overwhelmingly supports DACA. "When we tried it, it didn't work well for us", GOP Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). "It is a good solution and I will vote for it", Schumer added.

The conference and this year's theme of a "shared future", arguably, contrast with Mr. Trump's insistence on "America First", and regular attacks on trade policies with other nations that he considers unfair to the U.S. Trump announced his decision to end the program in September.

Essential federal services and military activity are continuing, but even active-duty troops will not be paid until a deal is formally sealed.

After special weekend sessions of Congress which had seen bitter recriminations traded by both parties, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to address Democrat concerns over key issues such as immigration reform in a speech to the chamber late on Sunday.

In this latest Politico poll, 42 percent of voters overall said Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation was worthy enough to shut down the government, while 42 percent overall said it was not.

Shortly before the cloture vote, Sen. But federal research projects could be stalled, national parks and museums closed, tax questions left unanswered, processing of veterans' disability applications delayed, and federal nutrition programs suspended, as was the case in 2013.

President Trump's trip to Davos, Switzerland, where he is slated to attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting, is now on hold pending a resolution to the already three-day long government shutdown, according to White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his congressional colleagues' game of brinksmanship comes at a cost.

Trump urged the Senate on Sunday to deploy the so-called "nuclear option" - changing Senate rules to end the filibuster that requires the bills to reach a 60-vote threshold rather than a simple majority.