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by Daveda Gruber:

The ‘Schumer Shutdown’ is over! The Senate voted 81-18 to break a Democratic filibuster on a government spending bill early Monday afternoon.

This is the beginning of ending the three-day government shutdown.

The Senate will still have to vote on the bill itself. Then the House will have to consider it next. Support practically guarantees it will pass and go to the president for his signature. The government is expected to be open sometime this afternoon.

This would fund the government through Feb. 8. That is really not very long.

Democrats backed off their opposition with after a majority  of Republicans giving assurances.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did announce on the floor ahead of the procedural vote that they’d reached an agreement.

Schumer said it comes with a commitment to negotiate on immigration, and immediately consider such legislation if there’s no agreement by Feb. 8.

The pressure was fueled by the Trump White House and Capitol Hill Republicans. Democrats abandoned their immediate demands for immigration measures and to vote in support of the temporary spending bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., thanked Schumer and said: “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 the American people didn’t understand and would not have understood in the future. So I’m glad we’ve gotten past that.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said, “They shut down the government. The pressure is on them.”

President Trump tweeted:


The vote was the GOP-controlled Senate’s second attempt to break the filibuster. They failed to get the 60 votes needed on Friday.

Republicans have a 51-49 member majority in the Senate. The Friday night vote was 50-49. Not all 50 votes were Republican votes. Five were Democrat.

Democrats mostly withheld their votes in an attempt to force Trump and fellow Republicans in Congress to include protections for illegal immigrants or ‘Dreamers’.

In March, Trump will formally end deportation protections that are provided to the estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants now protected by former President Barack Obama’s ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ executed by executive order.

Trump has said that he wants comprehensive immigration reform but that his plan for a wall for border security, should be included in the plan.

Schumer, has kept up his rhetoric that that he offered a compromise immigration plan to Trump to avoid a shutdown. He said he offered billions for the must-have wall.

Schumer has called the three day shutdown a ‘Trump Shutdown’.

Republicans called it a ‘Schumer Shutdown’. Now they are calling it a ‘Schumer Surrender’ (#SchumerSurrender).

Democrats have appealed to their liberal base. Unfortunately for them, they have faced backlash for forcing the shutdown. The U.S. military personnel and nearly 1 million other federal employees being furloughed and not receiving pay until the government reopens did not sit well with either party.

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  1. Schumer offered the President $1.3 Billion instead of the $18 Billion needed for border security. He also wants to INCREASE the number of chain migrants allowed in… expanded to include aunts and uncles and cousins, etc. AND he wants to KEEP the lottery. Some “compromise” he offered, wasn’t it?

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