On Monday night, Congress approved a short-term plan to fund the government until Feb. 8, ending the three-day government shutdown.
Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown. Now I want a big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA, but especially for our Great Military and Border Security. Should be able to get there. See you at the negotiating table!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
Here are some takeaways from the shutdown:
Congress has received a three-week extension to settle on a bill to fund the government for the rest of the year.
Both parties have to come to an agreement, which they are having trouble doing, on funding for DACA before it ends on March 5.
Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, said if Congress hasn’t come up with a solution for the fate of DACA by Feb. 8, he would allow a “fair and open” debate on immigration.
The bill approved funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years.
The president has demanded border security, including his wall, be included in the bill.
Nobody knows for sure that the Republicans & Democrats will be able to reach a deal on DACA by February 8, but everyone will be trying....with a big additional focus put on Military Strength and Border Security. The Dems have just learned that a Shutdown is not the answer!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer took down his offer of $25 billion to fund the border wall.
Every Democrat – all forty nine of us @SenateDems – supports DACA. Many of my Republican colleagues do as well. We certainly can find a bill that will get sixty votes here in the Senate.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 24, 2018
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA. We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
The main issue keeping both parties from passing a bill is immigration. They would need to come together and find a middle ground soon to not only keep the government open, but to protect the lives of the Dreamers as well.
“Congress has to find a middle ground because both Republicans and Democrats need the government to function, so you have to pass some sort of budget...,” said Steffen Schmidt, professor in political science, “...and by one way or another they always end up finding a way to pass a budget.”