Lawmakers back bill to reopen US government

[USA], Jan 23: The United States lawmakers in the Senate on Monday agreed to vote on a short-term spending bill that would re-open the government and provide its funding by February 8.

According to the Hill, the Democrats and the Republicans reached on a deal to take up an immigration bill that would protect an estimated 8,00,000 people from deportation.

Also, the Senate announced that the shutdown would end within three days.

“After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republicans and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement,” Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader said.

The deal, proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, warned that if the negotiators failed to reach an immigration deal before the short-term funding procedure ends on February 8, then “the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation”, in order to protect the immigrants of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration programme.

The United States Senate will be voting at noon local time on Monday to end the government shutdown.

According to media reports, senators will vote to end the shutdown with a short-term spending bill that would last three weeks.

McConnell attempted to schedule a vote late Sunday night that would end the shutdown, but Minority Schumer objected.

The White House and Senate lawmakers met throughout the day on Sunday to end the government shutdown as the impasse continued into the second day, with both chambers hoping to strike a deal on spending and immigration that would reopen federal agencies ahead of the work week.

US President Donald Trump has appealed to the Senate to abolish the filibuster.

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