A government shutdown ended after three days as Democrats backed a stopgap agreement to continue unsettled negotiations over an immigration programme. After having blocked a short-term funding deal, rejecting it on the grounds that it did not address an expired program protecting young immigrants from deportation, Democrats lent the votes necessary to advance out of the Senate a measure that offered no concrete immigration concessions.
The Democrats relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate would soon take up the plight of young immigrant “Dreamers” and other contentious issues. A Dreamer is a child of unauthorized immigrants to the US, many of whom have gone to school in the States and identify as American. It takes its name from an unpassed 2001 Bill that would allow them a pathway to US citizenship.
The House approved the measure shortly thereafter, and Mr Trump later signed it behind a closed door at the White House, allowing the Government to reopen through until February 8. The measure needed 60 votes with Democrats providing 33 of the 81 it got.
Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of prioritizing services and security for noncitizens over U.S. citizens. In a tweet, he said, “Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. They don’t want to do it but are powerless!”
Both sides have tried each other for the shutdown but after the reluctant deal, things do seem to be back on track for the USA. However, keeping in mind the Trump Presidency’s record of accomplishment it is only a matter of “for how long?”
Ritwik Prakash Srivastava
- The Independent:- “US Government Shutdown-as it happened”
- The Washington Post: “Shutdown ends after Democrats agree to trust that McConnell will allow “Dreamers” vote”