Trump said in a statement, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read saying, “I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children”
“As I’ve always said, once the government is funded my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration,” the statement said. “We’ll make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it’s good for our country.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he and the Senate GOP leaders have come to an agreement to reopen the government, with a plan expected to pass to keep the government funded for three weeks.
“We will vote today to reopen the government,” Schumer said on the Senate floor, saying he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had reached an “arrangement.”
Clearly, Trump and the White House are claiming victory over the shutdown coming to an end, as the vote is expected to pass Monday afternoon after the procedural vote allowing the bill to advance 81-18.
Trump and Republicans are pushing the narrative that Democrats caved and lost, but that’s not the case.
Democrats won multiple battles…GOP caved, Bigly
Scott Dworkin with the Democratic Coalition points out:
- We got CHIP funded
- We reopened the Gov’t
- We got a commitment from the GOP that we get a DACA vote in the next few weeks
- If they are lying then the Gov’t shuts down again before DACA expires
CNN points out: After the bill passes through the Senate, it will then go back to the House. House GOP lawmakers are largely united and it is expected to pass. But without a guarantee that the House will take up the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is planning to vote no, according to a senior Democratic source. That source said a large chunk of Democratic caucus is expected to remain opposed, but GOP leaders feel confident they won’t need much help approving the latest stopgap bill.