Senate clears way to end government shutdown

On Monday the Senate voted 81-18 to shatter the filibuster by Democrats on a government spending bill. This allowed Congress to approve the stopgap measure to end the three-day government shutdown.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer before the vote that Senate Democrats would supply the GOP-controlled Senate with the votes needed, but only in exchange for “fair” and immediate efforts to consider legislation that would protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

The chamber controlled by Republicans now need a majority to pass the temporary spending bill to keep the government open until February 8. If the bill is then approved by the house, it can be sent to President Trump.


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