The United States government will reopen on Tuesday after the Senate on Monday approved a temporary funding bill to ensure that it receives funding till February 8. President Donald Trump signed the agreement, which was sent to him with the House of Representatives’ approval after the Senate voted 81-18 to pass the bill, The New York Times reported.
Trump hailed it as a big win for the Republicans and said that the Democrats had caved. “Now I want a big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA, but especially for our Great Military and Border Security,” he later tweeted. “Should be able to get there. See you at the negotiating table!”
Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader in the 100-member chamber, said the Democrats had agreed to back the bill on the condition that the Republican Party would address extending the duration of the programme that shields young immigrants from deportation.
The Obama-era programme, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or Daca, protects seven lakh immigrants from being sent out of the country. In September 2017, Trump had ended the programme and allowed the Congress to replace it by March 2018.
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, had pledged on Monday to create a “level playing field” on immigration in February if the matter is not resolved by then.