The Senate, according to with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), will vote in favor of a bill to reopen the government on Monday and fund it for three weeks.
“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 the 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA,” Schumer said.
The vote came after a morning meeting where key senators, mainly moderates, met with leaders to strike a deal.
“It’s abundantly clear that the Senate cannot make progress on any of these crucial matters until the government is reopened,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor Monday morning. “We need to move forward and the first step is ending the shutdown. It’s evident that this government shutdown is doing nothing, absolutely nothing, to generate bipartisan progress on the issues the American people care about.”
But, the compromise hinges on simply a promise which McConnell will follow through on his intentions to bring a DACA fix before the March deadline. This will not amount to a lot. He made the exact same promise to Jeff Flake in December to win his vote for tax laws.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who holds hardline views on immigration, said he had not heard anything new in what McConnell is saying about immigration, beyond what he has said repeatedly for months.