US shutdown ends as Democrats reach agreement with Republicans

The US shutdown has ended after the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to reopen funding for the Federal Government till February 8, 2018.

Democrats agreed to vote along with the Republicans to end the three-day shutdown after securing assurance from Republican leaders to address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants covered under the DACA programme.

Speaking on the senate floor, Chuck Schumer, the Democratic party leader, announced that he and Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, had “come to an arrangement” to adopt the three-week spending measure while continuing to negotiate a “global agreement”.

According to him, that agreement will include the fate of the Dreamers – undocumented immigrants brought to the country by their parents as children.

Monday’s vote came after a frantic weekend of work by a bipartisan group of more than 20 senators, who on Sunday night discussed a plan in which the government would stay open through early February.

In his response, President Donald Trump said: “I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders, and insurance for vulnerable children.

“As I have always said, once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration.

“We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country.”

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