Pardon Our Dust
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines. Despite and because of this frustration, I’ve been having conversations with the Republican leader over the weekend about a path forward. After several discussions, offers, counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement with the commitment that if an agreement isn’t reached by February the 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA. The process will be neutral and fair to all sides. We expect that a bipartisan bill on DACA will receive fair consideration and an up or down vote on the floor.”
– Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer
Government Reopens. Just before yesterday’s cloture vote on the continuing resolution (“CR”) that ended the three-day government shutdown, Schumer laid out Senate Majority Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) verbal commitment to immediately take up consideration of a bipartisan DACA bill if the issue is not resolved by the next government funding deadline, Feb. 8. Although the commitment is nonbinding, it was enough to secure the Democrats’ support for a 17-day CR.
The Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government. On the GOP side, Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) voted against the measure.
The 16 Democrats who broke away from their caucus include: Sens. Booker, Blumenthal, Feinstein, Hirono, Leahy, Merkley, Murphy, Sanders, Tester, Wyden, Cortez Masto, Markey, Menendez, Warren, Gillibrand, and Harris.
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