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story.lead_photo.caption Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., toast each other as they wait to speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Monday in Washington after senators reached an agreement to advance a bill ending the government shutdown.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed a government spending bill Monday evening that ends a three-day partial shutdown, the White House said in a statement.

Democrats reluctantly voted to pay for resumed operations in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "Dreamers" and other contentious issues.

The House joined the Senate in passing the bill to put hundreds of thousands of federal employees back to work, fund the government through Feb. 8, reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program and roll back about $31 billion in health care taxes, including a delay in implementing a tax on medical devices. It passed 81-18 in the Senate and 266-150 in the House.

The short-term spending measure, however, means both sides may wind up in a shutdown stalemate again in three weeks.

"I'm glad we can finally get back to work here," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the vote. He called the shutdown a "manufactured crisis" characterized by "damaging partisan theatrics," and offered Democrats new assurances that the Senate would consider immigration proposals in the coming weeks.

Democratic senators who relented in the standoff said they did not necessarily trust McConnell but had faith that the bipartisan negotiators, including Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would force him to abide by his commitments.

"Frankly, our trust is more with our colleagues, that they will hold him accountable," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who is up for re-election this year in a state Trump won in 2016.

Collins joined Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in helping to broker the agreement, with Flake and Graham shuttling between huddles with McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., for much of the weekend. A bipartisan group of more than 20 senators worked to find common ground.

The relief among senators upon reaching a deal was palpable. As the voting began, Schumer shouted from his seated position, "Lindsey! Thank you, my friend," he said as Graham approached and shook his hand. "We wouldn't be here without you."

In an unusual display of comity, the Republicans and Democrats who worked on the deal gathered off the Senate floor after Monday's vote for a celebratory huddle.

"If we can make a lasting difference in how the Senate of the United States works, we can get it back to working," said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., who had been instrumental in the group.

However, on the Senate floor, No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said the Democrats "got nothing" in the deal. He added that even though McConnell promised to take up the immigration bill by February, "he was going to do that anyway."

Before signing the bill, Trump welcomed Democrats' decision and said the administration would "work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration."

"I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses," he added in a statement.

In addition to negotiations over the future of the Dreamers, McConnell agreed to discuss border security, military spending and other budget debates. If those talks don't yield a deal in the next three weeks, the Republican promised to allow the Senate to debate an immigration proposal -- even if it's one crafted by a bipartisan group and does not have the backing of the leadership and the White House, lawmakers said. McConnell had previously said he would bring a deal to a vote only if Trump supported it.

Sixty votes were needed to end the Democrats' filibuster, and the party's senators provided 33 of the 81 the measure got.


By relenting, the Democrats prompted a backlash from immigration activists and liberal base supporters who wanted them to fight longer and harder for legislation to protect from deportation the 700,000 or so younger illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

"The Republican majority now has 17 days to prevent the Dreamers from being deported," Schumer said, underscoring the impending deadline. The term "Dreamer" is based on the never-passed DREAM Act -- the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act that would have given protections similar to those provided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump moved to end last year.

Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, said the members of the group are "outraged" by the deal. She added that senators who voted Monday in favor of the deal "are not resisting Trump, they are enablers."

Other groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union shared similar criticism.

The plan doesn't tie the immigration vote to another piece of legislation, a tactic often used to build momentum. It also doesn't address support for an immigration plan in the House, where opposition to extending the protections for the Dreamers is far stronger.

Some liberal Democrats stuck to their opposition, including some touted as potential 2020 presidential candidates. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey voted no, as did independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Dianne Feinstein of California said she wasn't persuaded by McConnell's assurances and did not know how a proposal to protect the young immigrants would fare in the House.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he hoped to be "celebrating" with DACA recipients after a possible victory in three weeks.

"To all the 'Dreamers' watching today: Don't give up," he said on the Senate floor. "I know your lives are hanging in the balance."

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana voted no on the procedural motion to reopen the government -- the only no vote among 10 incumbent Democrats facing re-election this year in states won by Trump in 2016. Tester said in a statement that the 17-day budget did not include any funding for community health centers that are important to his rural state, nor did the deal include additional resources for border security.


Hours after the Senate moved to end the shutdown, Trump dove back into negotiations over immigration legislation.

The president met with Cornyn and five other conservative Senate Republicans -- Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, James Lankford of Oklahoma, David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

Cotton called it "a good conversation."

"He wanted to talk [about] new ideas, and we gave him some ideas and we think the White House will be introducing some of those new ideas very soon, perhaps as early as [today]," the Republican from Dardanelle said.

Whatever Trump suggests will be markedly different from an earlier plan that was discussed, he said.

"The president made it clear that the proposal that Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin and others had made a couple of weeks ago is a nonstarter -- dead on arrival," Cotton said.

The Graham-Durbin plan "provides amnesty for anywhere from 5-10 million people without really securing our border or stopping extended family chain migration," he said.

Cotton said he and other Republicans want to help the Dreamers and envision legislation that will resolve their status.

"That's been our intent all along, but we have to do it in a responsible fashion. If we give legal protections to illegal immigrants, that will inevitably encourage more illegal immigration. It will create an entire new pool of immigrants who can bring in more family members without regard to their education or their skills or their job opportunities," he said.

Lawmakers, Cotton said, "have to be responsible and address those consequences but I, like most Republicans and like the president, do want to provide legal protections for those people who were brought here through no fault of their own as minors."

Trump also discussed immigration later in the day with two centrist Democrats who'd voted with Republicans to keep the government running -- West Virginia's Manchin and newly elected Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama.

"I think that he had a feeling that we're two of the five that voted not to shut down on the Democrats' side, we're going to give him an honest opinion and be an honest broker," Manchin said afterward, adding that the president was in "a very attentive, listening mood."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump wanted to move forward with immigration talks.

"As soon as the Senate voted to reopen the government, the president continued conversations on the next steps on responsible immigration reform," Sanders said. "We will work with Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate committed to fixing our broken immigration system."

Information for this article was contributed by Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor, Zeke Miller, Mary Clare Jalonick, Kevin Freking, Luis Alonso Lugo, Catherine Lucey, Matthew Daly, Darlene Superville of The Associated Press; by Robert Costa, Erica Werner, Ed O'Keefe and Elise Viebeck of The Washington Post; by Lisa Mascaro and Sarah D. Wire of the Los Angeles Times; by Laura Litvan, Arit John, Justin Sink, Steven T. Dennis, Erik Wasson, Sahil Kapur and Billy House of Bloomberg News; and by Frank E. Lockwood of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (center), stops to answer questions from members of the media Monday on Capitol Hill in Washington on day three of the government shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky gives the thumbs up as he leaves the Senate floor after reaching an agreement Monday to advance a bill ending the government shutdown.

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  • kt2235
    January 23, 2018 at 6:13 a.m.

    All this has done is prolong the drama......stay tuned, kiddies for the next exciting chapter! Same batty channel, same batty time, same batty characters.
    Reality TV Democracy. Sad, sad, sad.

  • RBear
    January 23, 2018 at 6:24 a.m.

    It's interesting to see how Republicans are framing these latest developments. Schumer and Democrats forced the issue of DACA to the forefront by holding the Republicans accountable with the shutdown. Trump and Republicans have been promising to take up DACA for the later part of the year, only to kick the can down the road every time. The primary reason for the shutdown is the Republican's inability to pass a budget or a long-term spending resolution. Absent those, they create these crisis moments in Congress. It shows how ineffective they are at running ANYTHING, much less a government.
    The "blink" was really to give Republicans an opportunity to act on their promises and show the American public what a bipartisan government can look like. It was Democrats who made the move after McConnell promised to take DACA up immediately. There are two more weeks to hammer out a deal for the Dreamers who are productive residents of America and only ask for a path to citizenship that will not completely destroy the lives they have built since childhood. These are not criminals as some right wingers have portrayed, but members of your community who have worked hard to contribute to America.
    Sen. Cotton should be noted as the real culprit of this shutdown in helping torpedo the original deal put forth by Sen. Graham and Durbin. Trump has relied too much on his right wing counsel and it has not helped our country one bit. Cotton is becoming more of an opportunist with each issue in Congress. It's very evident he is setting himself up for a far right presidential run when Trump exits in four years. We'll see how much damage he can inflict on this round and screw the country up even more.
    While Pew noted 74% of Americans favor DACA and 60% oppose the wall, other polls have reflected the same opinion. Right wingers will dismiss such numbers, ignoring the true facts of the matter. The fact they post a lot of other economic numbers with attribution to Trump shows how ignorant they are on the issues. It's why our country has been declining on so many fronts at the local level. It's part of the erosion from the core out that has led to lower education levels, a workforce that lacks the skills necessary to meet employment requirements, and a healthcare system that increasingly is becoming unable to meet the needs of the country.

  • hah406
    January 23, 2018 at 7:57 a.m.

    The moral coward Cotton claims he wants to help the Dreamers, who were brought here through no fault of their own as children, yet he keeps calling them "illegals." He is really a xenophobe who is scared to death by people with brown skin. Any immigration bill being put together by Trump, Cotton, Perdue, will be as harsh as possible towards those already in the country, and anyone not snowflake white who seeks to immigrate legally. That will lead us right back to a shutdown. How about instead we let the adults in the middle from both sides negotiate a compromise, and then vote on that.

  • GeneralMac
    January 23, 2018 at 10:21 a.m.

    hah406............Dreamers ARE ILLEGALS.

  • wildblueyonder
    January 23, 2018 at 10:42 a.m.

    From the looks of the photo, you'd think these two clowns actually accomplished something. They'll just be back at it in another few days, same song, second verse. The Republicans better not do a "deal" on DACA without including the ending of chain migration and the lottery. I wish the libs cared half as much for legal Americans as they do for the illegals in this country. But they don't.

  • GeneralMac
    January 23, 2018 at 10:46 a.m.

    Why the picture of 2 Democrats toasting each other ?

  • GeneralMac
    January 23, 2018 at 10:49 a.m.

    gohog............Corey Booker of NJ says legal and ILLEGAL immigrants are the same except for a piece of paper.

    What a dufus !

  • wildblueyonder
    January 23, 2018 at 11:06 a.m.

    GM, right you are. And Booker showed his true self at Nielsen's testimony the other day. He's a real jerk and incapable of leading anything. I wouldn't trust Graham and Durbin to give me the time of day correctly. Where's is the decline in our country? Trump and a few Republicans have turned things around from the Obama era corruption. Now to work on the FBI and the Deep State corruption putting many of them in jail.

  • Packman
    January 23, 2018 at 11:27 a.m.

    Hey hah - By definition people that reside in the country illegally are in fact illegal. That doesn't mean we don't need to do right by the Dreamers and provide them a reasonable path to citizenship (them and only them, not their pre-meditated law breaking parents).
    And your wrong about another shutdown. The D's got HAMMERED in the court of public opinion this time around and simply cannot afford the risk of getting hammered again. It's worst case scenario for D's. Their strategy of misusing the filibuster rule in the Senate failed miserably and President Trump nor any other Republican is in fear of the that particular threat moving forward.
    The ultimate deal will provide a pathway to citizen for Dreamers but nobody else in this country illegally. Trump will get at least pieces of his wall and Tom Cotton will get an end to chain migration and the silly immigration lottery. It's a great compromise that works for everyone, excepting those who as adults knowingly violated immigration laws.

  • carpenterretired
    January 23, 2018 at noon

    Well folks in pursuit of the GOP Holy Grail of taking health care away from common folk the GOP has blocked reauthorization of Chips for months trying to cause millions of children to lose health care (true kids losing health care should warm what heart the boys in the turnip may have) and Cotton did appeal to his peers in the turnip truck with the evil in his heart, but with this deal CHIPS is reauthorized for a number of years .