The Senate on Monday voted 81-18 to break a Democratic filibuster on a government spending bill, clearing the way for Congress to approve the stopgap measure and end the three-day government shutdown.
The Senate still has to vote on the bill itself, which the House would have to consider next. But the show of support early Monday afternoon virtually guarantees it will pass. The measure would fund the government through Feb. 8.
Democrats effectively backed off their opposition, after being given assurances from majority Republicans.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced on the floor ahead of the procedural vote that they’d reached an agreement. He said it comes with a commitment to negotiate on immigration, and immediately consider such legislation if there’s no agreement by Feb. 8.
The Trump White House and Capitol Hill Republicans had cranked up the pressure earlier Monday on Democrats to abandon their immediate demands for immigration measures and vote in support of the temporary spending bill.
“They shut down the government,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning. “The pressure is on them.”
President Trump tweeted that Democrats shut down the government to appease the “far left base” and are now “powerless” to change course.
Donald J. Trump
Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. They don’t want to do it but are powerless!
8:15 AM - Jan 22, 2018
“The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!” he tweeted.
Donald J. Trump
The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!
8:07 AM - Jan 22, 2018
The vote was the GOP-controlled Senate’s second attempt to break the filibuster, after failing to get the required 60 votes Friday. Republicans have a 51-49 member majority in the Senate. The Friday night vote was 50-49.
Conway: Trump will talk immigration after Dems reopen gov't
Democrats mostly withheld their votes in an attempt to force Trump and fellow Republicans in Congress to include protections for illegal immigrants brought into the United States as children.
Trump will in early March formally end deportation protections provided to the estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants now protected by former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order.
Trump has said he wants comprehensive immigration reform but that border security, particularly a U.S.-Mexico border wall, should be included in the plan.
The Capitol Visitor Center is empty, as the government shutdown enters its third day.
Schumer, D-N.Y., argued again Sunday that he offered a compromise immigration plan to Trump to avoid a shutdown, including billions for his must-have wall.
“On Friday in the Oval Office, I made what I thought was a very generous offer to the president, the most generous offer yet,” Schumer said Sunday on the Senate floor. “The president must take yes for an answer. Until he does, it’s the Trump Shutdown.”
Republicans are adamant this is the "Schumer Shutdown."
While the Democrats’ move appeals to their liberal base, they have faced backlash for forcing the shutdown, considering U.S. military personnel and nearly 1 million other federal employees will be furloughed and not receive pay until the government reopens.
Five Democratic senators voted Friday to end the filibuster: Sens. Doug Jones, of Alabama; John Donnelly, of Indiana; Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota; Joe Manchin, of West Virginia; and Claire McCaskill, of Missouri. They all face 2018 reelection in states that Trump won in 2016.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.