Government Back Open After GOP, Democrat Agreement

January 23, 2018 12:45 PM

The federal government is back up and running Tuesday after being closed for the weekend as Democrats and Republicans came together for a short-term spending bill, but the immigration issue is still front and center.

Senate Democrats supported a three-week stopgap bill after a commitment from GOP leaders to consider immigration legislation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), said Democrats agreed to back the bill reopening the government.

“If we’ve learned anything during this process, it’s that a strategy to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something the American people didn’t understand and would not have understood in the future,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Despite Monday’s deal, it only postpones more divided debate over immigration.

Federal agencies will remain open through Feb. 8.

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