US Congress hopes to end shutdown before working week begins

The White House accused Democrats of putting politics

The White House accused Democrats of putting politics"above our national security

Five Democratic senators voted to keep the government open by voting "yes", while four Republicans voted 'no.' Still, the GOP needed bipartisan support to reach the vote threshold, regardless of the four GOP defections. There is no guarantee that the legislation will earn the 60 votes it will need to overcome a filibuster, however.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake said Senators are victimising the American people. "It is a good solution and I will vote for it", Schumer added. In exchange for Democratic votes, GOP leadership would agree to address immigration policy and other pressing legislative matters in the coming weeks.

Congress failed last year to pass a complete budget by October 1, the beginning of the federal fiscal year, and the government had since been operating on a series of three stopgap spending bills.

The Senate has advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through February 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation.

Both sides in Washington had tried to blame each other for the shutdown.

Protecting the young immigrants - known as "DREAMers" - has been the major priority for Democrats in the government funding fight that resulted in a shutdown at midnight Friday.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer addressed the chamber ahead of the vote, saying Democratic senators would vote to reopen U.S. government agencies, extending funding until February 8.

"I think they miscalculated on the shutdown". "If there's going to be one, it'll be tonight". The White House didn't immediately respond to McConnell's comments.

"That basically sets the DACA discussion back", he told reporters. "We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it's good for our country". "He's been an outlier for years". It's why the House killed a bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate in 2013.

"As long as Sen".

"She came very faithfully to the very long meetings we had the last few days over the weekend despite recovering from the flu", Collins said.

Democrats have been spearheading an effort to protect about 700,000 young Dreamers after Trump announced in September the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program instituted by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. Approximately 800,000 DACA recipients - 125,000 of them in Texas- now reside in the U.S. In September 2017, President Donald Trump announced he'd be ending DACA. McConnell and Schumer said negotiations lasted late into the night.

The president had just seemingly endorsed California Democratic Sen.

"Any brief shutdown is clearly a non-event", said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel. "Let us remove any possibility military pay and even worse, military death benefits will be used and held hostage as political leverage". Democrats, meanwhile, say they have to have an answer on the program since those affected could face deportation beginning in early March. Government estimates are that it could cost more than $21 billion.

"All of these other things are an emergency", McConnell said.

A group of senators worked through the weekend to try to come up with an agreement to extend the budget and end the shutdown.

Like the president, McConnell blamed the Democrats.

Schumer, meanwhile, pinned blame for the shutdown on Republicans in general and the President foremost.

The only rational explanation for this shutdown error was Democrats' belief that President Trump would not be able to resist the urge to intervene and worsen the situation - either by making some base-splitting promise or saying something objectionable.

The Senate vote early on Monday will be on whether to advance a measure to fund the government through February 8, McConnell said on Saturday. The President picked a number for a wall.

Trump also hasn't appeared in public since Friday.

The president has also been less than clear on this issue, confounding even his own party. Republicans and Democrats have traded bitter recriminations over who is to blame for the failure to pass a stop-gap funding measure by a January 20 deadline, a year to the day since Donald Trump took office as U.S. president.

"Clearly, we don't want a shutdown", Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, said in an interview.

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