Democrats and Republicans agreed to a temporary three-week budget committing to reopen negotiations regarding immigration and border security in order to temporarily end the recent government shutdown. The House is expected to ratify the decision for a long-term solution to the budget issue.
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The US Senate struck a deal on Monday evening for a temporary budget through February 8 that will lift the three-day government shutdown. An arrangement was made after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell committed to reopen negotiations next month concerning immigration and the legislative policy for alien minors, known as DREAMers. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was pleased with the arrangement, announced that he would vote in favor and other Democrats followed in suit.
The Senate initially voted to end the filibuster that prevented the budget vote with a majority of 81 in favor and 18 opposed. A group of 20 senators from both parties attended the deal meeting and have been working together to strike a deal since the government shutdown was announced. The temporary budget will be voted upon later.
However, the agreement is not sitting well with all Democrats, some of whom claim that Republicans did not provide enough of a commitment to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. “Our government made a promise to our DREAMers and it is long past time that we kept that promise,” California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris stated. “These are young people who are Americans in every respect except on paper. They have been waiting far too long to live securely in the only place they have ever called home.”