Bill Nelson votes to reopen the federal government without an immigration deal


"We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement isn't reached by February 8, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA".

In negotiations over the shutdown, Democrats had insisted that legislation to keep the government running include protections for young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers".

He did not reach out to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer or any other Democrat, instead calling fellow Republicans and Cabinet members to check on the response to the shutdown.

Several prominent Democrats, liberal groups and immigration rights organizations criticized Schumer for agreeing to a vote Monday that did not guarantee the passage of a DACA extension.

"The president stayed firm, Republicans stayed firm".

Notably, numerous Democrats who voted against the agreement included a litany of potential 2020 presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren. He watched hours of coverage of the shutdown on cable TV over the weekend - including clips of him blasting President Barack Obama for being passive during the 2013 shutdown - and made a series of calls to allies in which he expressed fear he was looking weak, according to a person familiar with the conversations but not authorized to speak about them publicly.

The stopgap funding measure, which needed 60 votes to clear a key procedural hurdle, was approved 81 to 18.

The move ended a furlough for thousands of federal employees, and ended a government shutdown that had reached its third day. As the party in control of both Congress and the White House, Republicans failed when they could not pass a spending bill.

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The government shutdown on Friday occurred after McConnell received only 50 votes for a short-term spending bill.

But many have expressed dissatisfaction with Schumer's handling of the shutdown, which began on midnight on Friday.

Sanders, when asked about Dreamers' deportation concerns, said "they should storm capitol hill and protest there".

The Senate appeared poised to break its budget impasse on Monday as Democrats planned to join Republicans in voting for a short-term spending bill that would reopen the government and provide funding through February 8.

The president otherwise remained uncharacteristically quiet, heeding the advice of senior advisers who argued that he has the upper hand over Schumer and the Democrats and that they would soon be forced to capitulate.

"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", Trump said in a statement that was read from the briefing room podium by his press secretary Sarah Sanders.

President Trump on Monday accused Democrats of prioritizing services and security for noncitizens over USA citizens.

Still, five of the 16 Senate Democrats or Independents who voted against the deal are potential 2020 presidential candidates: Sens.