Senate Democrats bowed to pressure to reopen the government on Monday, joining Republicans in backing an immigration and spending compromise that was quickly denounced by liberals and immigration activists.
Roughly 60 hours after the federal government first shut down, a bipartisan group of negotiators in the Senate prevailed with leadership, trading Democratic support for reopening the government for a commitment by Republicans to hold a vote resolving the status of young undocumented immigrants by mid-February.
The Senate voted 81-18 to end a filibuster of a spending bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8, reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years and roll back several health-care taxes. Final votes in the House and Senate were expected later in the day.
President Trump welcomed Democrats’ decision to relent and said the administration would “work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses,” he added in a statement.
But the resolution of the three-day stalemate exposed a growing rift between two groups of Democratic senators: those facing tough reelection campaigns in states Trump won, and those courting liberal voters ahead of possible 2020 presidential bids.