UPDATE: The deal has been reached. Chuck Schumer has made the announcement and the government shutdown will end. The final vote will be this afternoon.
UPDATE: From Politico: “The Senate has enough votes to move forward on a plan to end the government shutdown, after Democrats accepted a GOP pledge to hold a vote on immigration legislation in the coming weeks. The bill, which would fund the government through Feb. 8, is expected to be passed by the Senate and the House today, and quickly signed into law by President Donald Trump.”
After a bit of sweating on both sides, it appears an agreement to reopen the government has been reached.
According to the Washington Examiner, Senate Democrats are willing to agree to a vote on a bill that will kick in and keep the government open until February 8.
“I think it’ll be open by what? 12:10? 12:15?” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said ahead of planned Senate vote to end the shutdown.
“We’re going to reopen the government,” added Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. He said Democrats have assurances from Republicans that they will try to tackle immigration once the government is reopened, but they didn’t fully describe the promises made.
Something that should have been agreed to in the beginning, actually.
The announcement comes after a caucus meeting with Senate Democrats.
Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is also on board with this new bill.
Now, back to your usually scheduled bickering and stalling.
From the Weekly Standard:
“The Trump shutdown will soon end,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer before a vote on a three-week continuing resolution, “but the work must go on. And it will.”
The chamber voted 81-18 to proceed to a final vote on a CR that would keep the government running through February 8, fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, and would delay several Obamacare taxes.
The Senate will take a final vote on the bill Monday afternoon, and lawmakers in the House will have to approve the Senate’s three-week CR before it can be sent to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed, ending the government shutdown.