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Deal Reached to End Government Shutdown; Final Vote to Come

It looks like it’s back to work for government employees.

A deal was reportedly reached Monday to end the three-day government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats and the Senate GOP leadership have reached a deal to fund the government for the next three weeks.

“We will vote [Monday] to reopen the government,” Schumer announced on the Senate floor.

The deal appears to include a provision that keeps protections for so-called Dreamers who are included in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

“Here’s what I predict. Once we start talking about immigration and voting on immigration, we’ll find 60 votes to make sure these DACA recipients’ lives are not ruined by March 5,” said Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.

The Senate passed the procedural vote allowing the bill to advance 81-18. A vote on final passage is still expected.

After the bill passes through the Senate, it will then go back to the House. House GOP lawmakers are largely united and it is expected to pass, according to CNN.

The vote came several hours after the workday for hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees was supposed to have begun, and it comes three days after the government officially shut down Friday at midnight.

“It’s better to have a successful vote tomorrow at noon than a failed vote tonight,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, Texas Republican, noting that he thought Schumer had agreed to push back the vote to give his caucus a chance to chew on a GOP proposal to break the impasse.

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Stacy M. Brown

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