The Senate will vote at noon on a bill to reopen the government.
As the federal government shutdown enters its third day, the Senate is slated to take the floor at noon on Monday to vote on a spending bill. The government shut down at midnight Friday after Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a deal to fund the government. Democrats are trying to push Republicans and the Trump administration to work with them on a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
Senators will meet again at 10 am EST Monday ahead of a vote scheduled for noon EST. You can watch the proceedings live on C-SPAN.
Democrats and Republicans spent the weekend in a back-and-forth of simultaneous finger-pointing and negotiations (and, on Sunday, some playoff football). Friday’s Senate vote on the spending bill that the House of Representatives passed on Thursday saw not only Democrats but also a handful of Republicans voting against the bill. Monday, the Senate is giving it another go.
What is going to the floor?
The Monday vote is on a three-week spending bill that would expire on February 8, one week before the February 16 deadline of the House-passed bill. The idea behind it is that it will give Republicans and Democrats time to reach an agreement on a path forward for an immigration deal, which would presumably include some sort of fix for DACA.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor outlined the general contours of an agreement, which would include a pledge to open an immigration debate after February 8, the expiration of the Senate’s revised spending bill, if an agreement is not reached before.