Senate votes to end US govt shutdown

ANI | Updated: Jan 23, 2018 02:21 IST

Washington D.C [USA], Jan 23 (ANI): The United States Senate voted on Monday to reopen the Government, ending a three-day standoff that left federal agencies and thousands of people affected.

The Democrats and Republicans earlier agreed to pass a short-term spending bill of at least three weeks to allow the funding of the government until February 8. The final vote stood at 81-18.

The three-week funding bill still needs to pass on a final up-or-down vote, but it is now a formality. The House is expected to approve the bill soon, the Hill reported.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to allow a new immigration bill to be passed by next month.

For the unversed, earlier, the Democrats and the Republicans reached on a deal to take up an immigration bill that would protect an estimated 8,00,000 people from deportation.

The Senate voted at 12 pm (local time) on Monday to end the government shutdown.

McConnell attempted to schedule the vote late on Sunday night that would end the shutdown, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer objected to it since the Republicans and Democrats were yet to reach an agreement.

McConnell said that the Congress must stop victimising the American people and get back to work soon.

The House and Senate lawmakers met throughout the day on Sunday to end the government shutdown with both chambers hoping to strike a deal on spending and immigration that would reopen federal agencies soon.

US President Donald Trump also had appealed to the Senate to abolish the filibuster. (ANI)