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Senate Democrats Agree to Deal, Government Will Re-Open Today

Senate Democrats Agree to Deal, Government Will Re-Open Today

UPDATE: Senate votes to re-open, now heads to House.

The Senate Democrats have reached a deal with the GOP majority to re-open the government after three days of a shutdown. From Politico:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 8 while continuing to negotiate on immigration and spending matters. Without a broader deal, the Senate would take up legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who are losing legal protections, as long as the government remains open.

“The process will be neutral and fair to all sides,” Schumer said. “We expect that a bipartisan bill on [the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program] will receive fair consideration and an up-or-down vote on the floor.”

*UPDATE 4:45PM* The Senate has voted to re-open the government. Now it heads to the House, which should happen between 5:125-6:15.

CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out these questions remain:

With 80 votes, the Senate has voted to end the debate and break the filibuster. Now they will vote to pass the actual bill and if they pass it, it will go back to the House.

Republicans Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) voted no, which they did last week.

From The Wall Street Journal:

But Democrats began to yield after Mr. McConnell made conciliatory remarks on Monday, dropping accusations that Democrats had shut down the government over illegal immigration and offering more specificity about his willingness to vote on an immigration measure whether or not Mr. Trump had indicated his support.

“We should not let the political feuds or policy disagreements obscure the simple fact that every member of this body cares deeply about the challenges facing our country,” Mr. McConnell said on Monday. “All of us want to make life better for the American people.”

Chad Pergram at Fox News tweeted out this information about the future votes:


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… and all that noise was for … ?

    Whitewall in reply to Neo. | January 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Their base.

    Mac45 in reply to Neo. | January 22, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    To keep the Republican FISA memo off the Sunday talks. There was almost no way that the Dems could win anything by shutting down the Government [unless the GOPe caved]. But, by doing so, they got all of Saturday and Sunday talk shows and most of Friday’s news coverage, devoted to the shutdown not the 800 gorilla in the room, the FISA memo. So, now Monday’s news cycle, and part, if not all, of Tuesdy’s news cycle will be devoted to the opening of the government.

    Remember this. The Obama surveillance scandal(s) are nuclear, for the Dems and most of the Establishment.

CaliforniaJimbo | January 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm

So you got the same deal offered last Friday. Keep the government open and we will discuss DACA in separate legislation. What’s different today than Monday?
(Hint: the public blamed shutdown Schumer and not McConnell). Amazing what happens when the GOP grows a spine.
Thank you Mr President

    This would not be possible without Trump’s tweets

    CaliforniaJimbo: Keep the government open and we will discuss DACA in separate legislation. What’s different today than Monday?

    The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now committed to bring a bill providing protections for the Dreamers to the Senate floor.

      CaliforniaJimbo in reply to Zachriel. | January 22, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      But a down vote on DACA won’t shut down the government. There is also not a guarantee the house will even consider it.
      He caved because he was losing and feared what would happen with the donkeys had this streched out longer.

      Going to be interesting.

      tom_swift in reply to Zachriel. | January 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now committed to bring a bill providing protections for the Dreamers to the Senate floor.

      He’s not required to bring a bill the D’rats—or the Dreamers—will like.

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to tom_swift. | January 23, 2018 at 1:31 am

        Yep. Schemer was just cutting his losses. He got a butt-whippin’, found out Trump won’t cave and can beat him like a mule all day.

        Lousy gambit, Cheesey Schemer. Get ready for checkmate.

      CaliforniaJimbo: But a down vote on DACA won’t shut down the government. There is also not a guarantee the house will even consider it.

      That’s correct, but a promise to bring it to the floor is a significant concession, answering your original concern.

      tom_swift: He’s not required to bring a bill the D’rats—or the Dreamers—will like.

      No, but there is broad support for a DACA fix. McConnell could have kept it bottled up, but bringing it to the floor means that political pressure can be brought to bear. It does not mean a DACA fix will become law, though.

Close The Fed | January 22, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Meaning. . . .

This is THE TIME to be calling your senators and representatives re: illegal aliens and amnesty.

I think it’s harder now than it was in 2006 to mail a brick, but bricks might help.

To contact your senator:

To locate and contact your house rep., go to this page. In the upper right hand corner is a spot to insert your zip code and locate them. If your zip code is inconclusive, it will prompt you to provide further info to give you the correct rep.

    I agree on the need to call your representatives.

    It would be an interesting for the Professor to have a post asking for suggestions on what should or should not be in the immigration bill. We could comment with ideas and then have a poll where we can vote for the five best.

    For example, does the US require a retinal scan and/or fingerprints upon entry at the border? Improve the system to locate people who overstay their visas. If the person comes in to study or work for a company and they don’t check in, figure out a penalty for the university or employer. If the person was deemed capable to be over here to study or work, then they can find the time to apply for the proper extension of their visas.

We shut down the government for half a business day for you ‘Dreamers’

How do you think that will work ?

    Dave in reply to Neo. | January 22, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Oh, they’re going to scream bloody murder. Lol. Perhaps the ones in Maryland will vote for Manning for Senate? That’ll be a good look for them.

      Neo in reply to Dave. | January 22, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      … if the military doesn’t throw s/he back in jail for running for office as active duty military. Seems s/he is still active duty while appealing.

4th armored div | January 22, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Paul & Lee need to remember which team they play for and noy play into the hands of D’Rats.

First ever shutdown not blamed on the GOP successfully. Oh, some will try, but give it a day or two… I’m telling you, the game has changed. Love it. MAGA

    Neo in reply to RobM. | January 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Seems that when you are the Party of Big Government, shutting down the government just isn’t the same.

“The process will be neutral and fair to all sides,” Schumer said.

What are these “sides”? Americans vs. illegal foreigners? I only see one side which should be represented in Congress.

    J Motes in reply to tom_swift. | January 22, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    ^^^ THIS ^^^

    Whitewall in reply to tom_swift. | January 22, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    There’s the American side and what ever side Up-Chuck Schumer is representing.

    Schumer’s word is like the old joke: “I won’t c—- in your mouth.”

    If nothing else, this goes to prove how lame Schumer really is, and the brains of the leftist operation in America is the media. Schumer just follows orders to violate his oath of office and undermine the country.

    That he’s a “liberal” is b.s. He’s no liberal, nor is the likes of pelosi: they are curropt tools of people seeking to destroy the Constitution.

    Our country is not for sale anymore by traitors within our government

    The horror of the soros/klinton/obama scam is on its last legs. All that’s left is the prosecutions and mass firings.

    Trumpism lives. Right, Stuffy Noonan?

The wall is now a certainty. Stand firm for E-Verify, an end to chain migration and the immigration lottery, and 5000 new ICE/CBP agents.


buckeyeminuteman | January 22, 2018 at 2:05 pm

So I had to go into work this morning (toting my children with me as Monday is my usual day off and my wife works Mondays) to be told I am furloughed. Whole thing required five minutes. Now I’ll have to go back to work tomorrow as regularly scheduled. Even though the government shut down, I had to work extra. Get as many of these asshats out of office in 2018 as we can.

congratulations to McConnell and the rest of the republicans, you FINALLY found your spine.
let this be a lesson to you, the dems will back down IF you hold firm to what is in the best interest of the American people.
now, DON’T back down on feb. 8, and NO AMNISTY for illegals.

First, bravo to Mr. Trump. Well done.

Second, bravo to Mr. McConnell (that does make me throw up a little in my mouth but cheers anyway). When he wants to stand firm, he stands firm. I’d like to see this become a habit, then a way, then a part of his character.

We can certainly have a debate on DACA — good. When it’s time for a vote, it must be coupled with the immigration reforms and the wall discussed last week. Mr. Schumer must begin to bargain in good faith, and every time he doesn’t Mr. Trump must arrange to shut down the government and fix the blame on the Democrats.

If we have to let the dreamers in to get the wall and an end to the immigration stupidities (chain migration, etc.) fine. I’ll make that deal. I won’t get 100% of what I want but I’ll get enough.

Be careful not to fall into the Immigration enforcement trap. While immigration enforcement and reform [strengthening not weakening immigration laws] are important, they are not critical. Right now, Trump has a pretty god handle on the economic reform, including the trade agreements. International relations are still doing the swing and sway. But, no more so than they have for the last year. What has changed is that the Obama scandals are on the verge of exploding into the public eye. The chickens are coming home to roost. And, they are nuclear for the Dems and some of the Establishment. The fallout from these scandals will end up on almost all of the Obama Administration leadership, the leadership of the Democrat Party and a lot of important people in DC. This info is the Global Warming of DC politics, except that this is real. Public exposure of these scandals could very well make it much easier to deal with things like immigration.

Keep your eyes on the brass ring here. Do not allow yourself to be distracted.

    mrtomsr in reply to Mac45. | January 22, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    First, Sorry for the down vote, I was reaching for reply.

    I sure hope your are correct on the nuclear reaction this will have for the criminals.

      Mac45 in reply to mrtomsr. | January 22, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      I don’t watch the votes on my posts so it is no problem.

      But, let me put this into perspective for you.

      Let’s hop into the way-back machine and step out in 1972. A private organization, with the fitting acronym CRP [Committee to Re-Elect the President], hires several people, some former employees of US LE and intelligence organizations, to conduct illicit surveillance on the operation of the Democrat Party.Though no direct link was ever presented that these activities were done by any government employees or that The President knew about them before or during the time they were active, the President, along with his top aids and some people in the CIA endeavored to cover-up any link to Nixon’s re-election campaign. This resulted in jail terms for several people and the resignation of Richard M. Nixon, who was subsequently pardoned by President Gerald Ford.

      Now, back into the way-back machine and fast forward to 2016. We have another surveillance operation against a political candidate, Donald Trump. But, in this case, the surveillance is being done by government employees of the FBI and DOJ. And, it is known to their superiors in the government all the way to the AG. Whether the President Barrack Obama is aware of this, at the time, is unknown. But, it is likely. Add to that the revelations that senior FBI and DOJ officials actively engaged in whitewashing a political candidate, Hillary Clinton, in an obvious violation of federal laws in Servergate, which the President is almost assured to have kn own about, and this is far worse than Watergate. But, it gets worse. During the Obama administrations, several organs of the federal government were actually used, for years, to attack, not to mention surveil, private citizens and political organizations who the Obama administration viewed as potential threats. The Nixon administration attempted this, through the IRS, but the IRS director would not go along with that and the issue was not pressed. As you can see, the currently known illicit activities of the Obama Administrations are considerably worse than those of the Nixon Administration.

      So, Watergate: 69 people were indicted, 48 were convicted and 15 went to prison, including senior WH staff members. This is the reason why there is a full court press to stop any investigation into the surveillance activities against Trump as well as the handling of Servergate, the Clinton Foundation and now the Uranium One sale. Nobody wants to do time.

I have a funny feeling Trump’s little meeting with Chucky was “Hey, I will let you save face and do a shutdown, otherwise I am really going to make a full of you, but you better get it on track by early next week!”

It is a Win Win for both. The flood of intel corruption is going to make the Demorats infertile in 2018 election.

Adam pencil neck was saying on Friday that all this GPS Fusion noise is a Russian Blot distraction.

I think the hammer is coming and it is going to happen before the 3 week CR is up for review. There will be DACA, but it will likely include the 700 K, not the 11 Million illegals.

Think about it, the Dems get the key 6% of all illegals and then can claim victory.

Paul In Sweden | January 22, 2018 at 4:44 pm

So I better see early in the morning of Friday February 9th after the down vote Thursday February 8th of the presumably ridiculous DACA illegal Immigrant bill that the Senate GOPe vote for the Nuclear Option and that Senate Majority leadership work through the night with House Majority Leadership for a two year budget. I would expect ICE, DOJ, DHS be provided funding to gear up for massive sanctuary city illegal immigrant sweeps with rapid construction of detention centers so that new immigration courts can streamline deportations.

It is time to Build The Wall and enforce the Immigration Laws of this nation.

A Tariff on remittances to Mexico would be just one of the toppings I would want on that cake.

Guess I am just a red blooded born and raised American Dreamer…


Conan, what is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them flee before you, and hear the lamentations of Nancy Pelosi

So we’re going to add about 800,000 Democrats to the voting rules. Where would you like them?

How about 200,000 in Florida? Another 200,000 in Virginia? And then a hundred thousand in Michigan Wisconsin Pennsylvania and Arizona?

That’s the 2016 margins dead, folks.

Keep your head in the game. It’s not over.

    Liz in reply to Fen. | January 22, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    How about we all suggest to our representatives that no DACA “kid” can be given full citizenship until the wall in constructed and proper border security is fully operational.

      Paul In Sweden in reply to Liz. | January 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      They should be given work permits, no path to citizenship unless they apply for US citizenship at the end of the line in their home countries just like everyone else. In order to be accepted as an applicant for citizenship you must have a job(skills) and you must be able to support yourself. More than 72% of DACA illegals are dependent on government services and do not meet the basic requirements for citizenship.

      DACA illegals are illegal, almost have already been and continue to be unjustly rewarded with all the welfare, housing, healthcare, education and social services they have stolen from taxpayers.

      DACA illegals deserve no rewards. Those with a positive net contribution(very few) should get work permits and apply for citizenship for the USA in their home countries.

A “deportation lottery” is the fairest long-term solution.

If a lottery system was an acceptable way to select American citizens to be sent to the jungles of Viet Nam, we can certainly devise a similar system to return non-citizens to their birthplaces.

JackRussellTerrierist | January 23, 2018 at 1:50 am

No DACA, no amnesty, no chains, no lottery, no green cards or work permits. No citizenship. Nothing.

Deport them, build the wall, hire more border agents and implement HUGE fines for hiring illegals.

Am I getting tired of winning? Not yet.