Senate Leaders Reach Deal That Could End Shutdown
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to put President Donald Trump’s bill and the Democratic proposal, which the House already passed, up for vote on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon. Border security continues to be a contentious issue between the two parties.
Both of these bills could potentially reopen the government immediately. However, the bills would need 60 “yes” votes in order to pass, which is unlikely at this point as neither party has the bipartisan support needed.
This comes as the government is on its 32nd day of a partial shutdown, as both parties have failed to come to an agreement on border security, a main issue for Trump and Republicans, which they say must be included in a bill in order for the government to reopen.
A group of Republican and Democratic senators teamed up to put together a letter to send to Trump, asking him to reopen the government Wednesday.
McConnell previously canceled the Senate's scheduled recess to help end the ongoing shutdown.