BREAKING: The Senate is actively discussing a way to reopen the government. Just three days after the shut down, DACA remains a sticking point. Now, though, Senate Democrats have reportedly agreed to approve funding and reopen the government in exchange for an immediate discussion on DACA legislation as the first order of business.
The Hill broke the story just moments before the vote was to be taken. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made the concession with the Senate Democrats. “McConnell early Monday promised to take up an immigration bill that would protect an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation,” The Hill writes, “under an open amendment process, if Democrats would agree to end the government shutdown.”
The pledge to address the concerns of the “Dreamers” was enough, it appears, for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) to swing the support of his caucus. The reported plan includes a three-week funding bill that would get the government back in operation today.
“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,” Schumer said.
If, after the Senate revisits the DACA debate, there is no protection for the Dreamers, then the Democrats could shut the government down at the end of the three-week period.
“Democrats held a 90-minute meeting before the vote on whether to accept McConnell’s offer,” The Hill writes. “Many of them worried that it fell short of their demands to reach a deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with President Trump or at least a promise from Republicans to pass immigration legislation to a must-pass bill.”
It is unclear how President Trump feels about the news. He’s shifted his opinion on DACA provisions, and has not been in the spotlight during the past three days as negotiations have gripped the Senate.
The real question is how the House would deal with a DACA deal. Even if the Senate approves protections, stiff opposition remains in Congress.