Senate Votes on Legislation to End Government Shutdown

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The U.S. Senate voted on a funding legislation to end the federal government shutdown on Monday.

The stop gap spending measure, which reopens the federal government until February 8, passed in the Senate with 81 votes.

For three days, Democrats and Republicans were deadlock on funding the government due to disagreements on border security and immigration.

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Democrats agreed to end the shutdown after reaching a compromise with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell promised a fair immigration debate on the Senate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement.”

According to Schumer, McConnell assured him that the “Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation” to protect Dreamers if negotiators fail to reach a deal before the expiration of the stop gap spending measure.

In addition, the Schumer said McConnell also made a commitment that the immigration debate “will be neutral and fair to all sides.”