USA lawmakers agree on deal to end government shutdown

USA lawmakers agree on deal to end government shutdown

Republican and Democratic senators raced on Sunday to try to break an impasse and hammer out a deal that would end a two-day-old USA government shutdown before the start of the work week.

McConnell's commitment follows hours of behind-the-scenes talks between the leaders and rank-and-file lawmakers over how to end the two-day display of legislative dysfunction. "We need to have a substantive answer, and the only person who can lead us to that is President Trump".

Republicans have continued to reiterate that they will not negotiate on immigration and DACA while the government is shut down.

The White House has said it won't negotiate on immigration until Democrats vote to reopen the government.

At the U.S. Capitol, a group of bipartisan senators met on Monday morning in search of a deal but came out disagreeing on whether progress was made.

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins said a group of as many as 22 senators were discussing alternatives, though the details were "in flux".

After funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday, many us government employees were told to stay home or in some cases work without pay until new funding is approved.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said he thought Schumer of NY agreed to push back the vote to give his caucus "a chance to chew" on a GOP proposal to break the impasse. Last week, Democrats overwhelmingly voted against funding the government because Republicans refused to include a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

Democratic support for any spending bill is essential with Republicans holding a razor-thin 51-seat majority in the 100-member Senate.

"That would be the end of the Senate as it was originally devised and created going back to our founding fathers", said Sen.

"The Republican Conference opposes changing the rules on legislation", McConnell's office said on Sunday.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.

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Trump spent the weekend stewing at the White House when he had planned to be among friends and family at his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida for his anniversary bash.

Senator Tim Kaine summed up the view of the more optimistic Democrats: "We got a commitment that I feel very, very good about".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said negotiations were still underway into the night, with a vote to break a Democratic filibuster on a short-term funding bill scheduled for 7 a.m. (noon EST) Monday.

Some Democrats, however, voted against ending the filibuster.

Senate Democrats relinquished on the government shutdown Monday, agreeing to vote to reopen the government but insisting they'll keep fighting for illegal immigrant "Dreamers" over the next weeks, with another shutdown deadline looming February 8.

"Delaying further means more deportation", Santoyo said.

"They don't want to do it but are powerless", he tweeted, referring to Schumer and other Democratic leaders.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney however, said on CBS' Face The Nation that he had no real doubts military and border patrol agents would be paid for their work during the shutdown, just that their paychecks would be delayed.

"The great dealmaking President sat on the sidelines", Schumer proclaimed. But the Trump administration said Saturday it will not discuss the immigration issue until the government reopens.

The ad focuses on the ongoing death penalty trial in Sacramento, California, of Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico accused of killing two local deputies in 2014.

"President Trump is right. Stop illegal immigration", an announcer says in the ad."Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants", the announcer says. The White House said he was in regular contact with Republican leaders, but he has not reached out to any Democrats, a White House official told The Associated Press.

John Roberts reports from the White House on the latest back and forth between the president and Democrat leaders.