The US Senate is set to vote on Monday to reopen the federal government, after three days of a shutdown that saw hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed.
Senate Democrats, who tried to pressure Republicans to reach a deal on immigration by blocking a vote on temporary funding, agreed to a three-week stopgap spending measure. In exchange, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave assurance that legislation on the immigration impasse will be considered by February 8.
“Now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate. It is a good solution and I will vote for it,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was quoted by The Hill as saying.
Liberal groups were quick to express skepticism, with many pointing out that it is impossible to provide any assurances that Senate or House Republicans will support future legislation. Democrats hoped to broker a deal to extend protection to “dreamers,” a group of undocumented immigrants who arrived as children.
While polls suggest the majority of Americans support helping dreamers remain in the country, surveys showed the public was strongly opposed to the move by Democrats to hold government funding hostage until the issue was resolved.