Senate approves deal to end government shutdown

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Senate Democrats joined in approving a Republican leadership plan to provide funding for government agencies through February 8 - with a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work toward a bipartisan compromise on immigration, border security, and a broader budget outline before that new deadline.

Democrats opposed the short-term spending bill because it did not include protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, or "DREAMers", and also did not address a broad array of other domestic spending priorities.

"However, should these issues not be resolved by the time the funding bill before us expires on Feb.8, 2018 - assuming that the government remains open - it would be my intention to proceed to legislation that would address DACA, border security and related issues".

An emerging deal, kick-started by a meeting of about two dozen Republican and Democratic centrists, appeared to involve reopening the Government by Monday morning in return for a promise by majority Republicans to deal with Democrats' immigration concerns in coming weeks.

In general, government operations and employees deemed "essential", like those in the military and law enforcement, will continue to report to work.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking from the chamber floor after it reconvened Sunday afternoon, blasted Democrats for not supporting a temporary spending bill on Friday that would have kept the government funded until February 16 by saying it "is pure folly".

McConnell's commitment on DACA was enough to win over Senate Democrats who blocked a previous spending bill on Friday, triggering the shutdown.

"Anything could happen. It's not a done deal for the Democrats, they have merely bought themselves some more time".

While politicians on both sides of the aisle have pressed for bipartisan negotiations to bring the shutdown to an end, President Donald Trump advocated for a more dire solution on Twitter Sunday.

The Senate Democratic conference is gathering at 11 a.m. ET.

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Trump said he was glad the government will be funded.

Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate, accused the president of zig-zagging over immigration and added: 'Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O'.

In order to protect the Dreamers, a senior administration official said, Democrats will have to agree to the White House immigration wish list - scrap the diversity lottery program, end so-called chain migration and give greater latitude to immigration officials to deport people who are apprehended.

"Trump going to Mar-a-Lago while government shutdown looms is most irresponsible, self-absorbed, dereliction of duty ever by a President", Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., tweeted late Thursday night after the White House distributed an advisory that included Trump's travel plans.

Senators worked throughout the weekend to broker a deal.

A new Trump political ad accused Democrats of being "complicit" in US murders committed by illegal immigrants.

The White House and GOP leaders said they would not negotiate with Democrats on immigration until the government is reopened.

The White House and Congressional Republicans blamed Democrats for what it called the "Schumer Shutdown", accusing legislators of valuing illegal immigrants ahead of lawful Americans.

"If our troops don't get paid during the Schumer Shutdown, I can not in good conscience accept my pay", Kustoff said in a written statement Sunday. "It's more likely that if the Senate makes any changes it would take the House a while to get everybody back for the vote".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instead placed the blame on Schumer, saying he made a "political miscalculation of gargantuan proportions".