Senate Breaks Democrat Filibuster- Govt/Military Will Re-Open

NY Senator Chuck Schumer

According to Fox News, the Senate voted to end the Democrat filibuster, which paved the way to end the government shutdown. The vote on Monday was 81-18 for cloture. It means that the temporary spending bill to fund the government to February 8 can be approved with a simple majority. After House approval, it will be sent to the President for signature, and should get there sometime Monday evening so that the government can re-open Tuesday morning.

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The bill is a stop-gap measure, and guarantees that the fight is not over, but will keep the government open for at least the next paycheck cycle for the military (1st and 15th of the month).

It appeared that Sen Chuck Schumer changed his position in the last 24 hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made specific assurances.

“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. The process will be neutral and fair to all sides. We expect that a bipartisan bill on DACA will receive fair consideration and an up or down vote on the floor.” Sen Chuck Schumer

Why couldn’t they have done that before? DACA didn’t expire until March. The GOP has promised that if they can’t agree on a deal, they will put out a specific bill for the “Dreamers.” President Trump had been “working the phones” in an attempt to make a deal.

President Trump issued a statement:

“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children.”

The task now becomes negotiating on the actual spending bill – funding the military, disaster relief, etc.

These are the 18 Senators that voted against re-opening the government- they may be toast in the  next election:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy,  Connecticut; Cory Booker and Bob Menendez,  New Jersey; Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada; Kirsten Gillibrand,  New York; Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii; Patrick Leahy, of Vermont; Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren,  Massachusetts; Jon Tester,  Montana; Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Oregon; and Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein,  California; Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont; Mike Lee, Utah(Republican); and Rand Paul, Kentucky (Republican).

Senator McCain was unable to vote due to being home fighting cancer.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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