Saturday, 17 November, 2018


US Senate votes to end government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell  and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer US Senate votes to end government shutdown
Hannah Rogers | 23 January, 2018, 20:08

Donald Trump gloated that he "won" the government shutdown after the Democrats "caved" to his demands.

A group of Senate Republicans met with Trump at the White House shortly after the Senate advanced the spending bill, including No. 2 GOP leader John Cornyn and immigration hardliners Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

Trump's shifting positions, particularly on protections for young immigrants, twice scuttled deals that could have avoided the shutdown, frustrating Republicans and Democrats alike. Some lawmakers seemed to express frustration at the compromise.

"I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses", Trump said in a statement, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read to reporters at her daily briefing earlier in the day.

The shutdown is the country's 18th since the modern budget era began with the passing of the Budget Act of 1974, and it's unique for a couple reasons.

McConnell gets to keep his title as most cunning man in Congress. McConnell told the Senate that it was his "intention" to bring a DACA bill to the Senate floor and that was enough for Democrats to pass a resolution to keep the government open. The intervening period could also provide multiple opportunities for conflict within the GOP over immigration policy, and for more odd and erratic behavior from the White House. It includes a six-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. The president and Republican conservatives have demanded that any immigration deal include funding for Trump's signature border wall and changes in immigration laws to end visa preferences for family members of U.S. citizens, which Trump disparages as "chain migration". The shutdown took effect Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the president's inauguration, but the White House maintains that Trump came out the victor in the GOP's standoff with Democrats.

"The White House refused to engage in negotiations over the weekend", Schumer said Monday.

McConnell appears to have taken the reigns from the president, and was able to negotiate a deal that Trump couldn't. Schumer, who believed he was close to a deal on Friday after meeting the president at the White House over cheeseburgers, blasted Trump's refusal to re-engage.

Also, the president had to skip his big inauguration anniversary celebration at Mar-a-Lago.

"I just don't think it helps for him to be involved at all", Arizona Republican Sen. "The White House really hasn't been involved from what I've seen". But others feel his cabinet is influencing his decision-making or lack thereof.

"The White House staff I think is making it very hard".

Not only did they get a deal that benefits their views on immigration, but they've proven that they have the ear of the president and successfully moved Republicans to the right on the topic.

"Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members".

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