Senate Votes Overwhelmingly To End Shutdown

Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, quickly surrendered and cut a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In an 81-18 vote, the United States Senate voted on a spending agreement to end the shutdown and continue to negotiate on immigration.

If a broader deal is not reached by February 8, the Senate would take up legislation to replace DACA and protect hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers.”

The funding measure also includes a six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Only 16 Democratic and 2 Republican Senators voted against it. The only two Republicans were Mike Lee and Rand Paul, Senate’s two most conservative members. Of the 16 Democrats and Independents who voted against it, many of them are seen as likely 2020 presidential candidates. They include Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris.

Senator Dianne Feinstein also voted against it, likely because she’s facing a credible primary challenge in 2018 to State Senate leader Kevin de León.

The only red-state Democratic senator to vote against it was Jon Tester of Montana.

Not much was accomplished in the deal. Senator McConnell implied in a tweet that Democrats blinked.

 

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