US Senate’s Deal To Halt Government Shutdown

The US government shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a deal on a temporary funding bill.

Democrat Chuck Schumer said his party would “vote to re-open the government” as it would continue to negotiate with Republicans on immigration.

Democrats are working to pass legislation that would protect young immigrants from deportation.

Mr Schumer said the three-day shutdown was expected to end in a few hours.

“We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement”, Mr Schumer said

He added that he was hopeful about the continued talks regarding 700,000 young immigrants brought to the US as children who were protected under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme, which proved to be a sticking point for Democrats in last week’s negotiations.

The final Senate vote to approve the temporary bill was 81-18.

The bill provides funding to keep the government open temporarily in the hopes that Congress can reach a permanent funding agreement before 8 February.

Though the impasse is over, the Senate still has to grant final approval of the bill and send it back to the House of Representatives for a vote.

“We need to move forward and the first step, the very first step, is ending the shutdown,” said Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

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