(BIVN) – On day three of the federal government shutdown, Senators have found a way forward.
“In two hours, every Senator can vote to end this government shutdown,” said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “At twelve o’clock, we will vote to end the Democratic Leader’s filibuster and advance instead a bipartisan bill that would put this mess behind us.”
The bill does three things, according to Sen. McConnell:
- Ends shutdown and restores full funding for the federal government through February 8th.
- Extends health insurance for nine million vulnerable children.
- Enables Congress to resume serious, bipartisan talks on the important issues facing the nation.
According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), that includes immigration and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
“I am confident that there are sixty votes in the Senate for a DACA deal,” Sen. Schumer said from the floor before the vote. “And now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate. It is a good solution and I will vote for it.”
Schumer said he expects McConnell “to fulfill his commitment to the Senate & abide by this agreement.”
“If he does not honor our agreement,” Schumer added, “he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic Senators but the members of his own party as well.”
Sen. McConnell said, “it is abundantly clear that the Senate cannot make progress on any of these crucial matters until the government is re-opened. We need to move forward. The first step is ending this shutdown. It is evident that this government shutdown is doing nothing – absolutely nothing – to generate bipartisan progress on the issues the American people care about. Every day we spend arguing about keeping the lights on is another day we cannot spend negotiating DACA, or defense spending, or any of our other shared priorities. Let’s join together, put this filibuster behind us, and get back to work for the American people.”