Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be returned to work on Tuesday after the Senate voted to pass a short-term spending bill, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced.
Schumer tweeted that he had reached an agreement with Republicans over a future vote of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from DREAMERS. As a result, there would be enough votes to reopen the government following three days of government shutdown.
“We will vote today to reopen the government, to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement is not reached by Feb 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA,” Schumer tweeted.
the Senate was unable to reach an agreement over the weekend, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delaying a late night Sunday vote of the short-term spending bill until Monday at 12pm EST. The bill would reopen the government through Feb. 8.
“The Senate cannot make progress on any of these crucial matters until the government is reopened. We need to move forward, and the first step, the very first step, is ending the shutdown,” McConnell said.
Politico reported that many top lawmakers were fearing that Democrats and Republicans would not be able to reach a deal for days.
“The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!” President Donald Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. They don’t want to do it but are powerless!”
All the federal agencies had contingency plans for when the government runs out of money, according to NPR. Military personnel, and military operations in places like Afghanistan continued working, the Defense Department announced on Friday.
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