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31 Senate Democrats Voted With Republicans To Reopen The Government Without A DACA Deal

Thirty-one Senate Democrats joined Republicans in voting to end the government shutdown, with a final vote of 81-18. The budget will be sent to the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to pass. The measure will fund the government for three weeks.

Democratic supporters and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are disappointed in the vote. The shutdown was supposed to force Republicans to vote on protections for DACA recipients. During the shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he offered President Trump the funding he wants for the border wall. That deal was in exchange for protecting young undocumented people in the U.S. However, they couldn’t come to an agreement.

Despite not reaching a deal with Trump or the Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats largely joined their Republican counterparts to reopen the government with the only concession from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell being a promise to vote on protection for DACA recipients in a few weeks.

“It would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security, and related issues as well as disaster relief, defense funding, health care, and other important matters,” McConnell told the press, according to Huffington Post. “It would be my strong preference for the Senate to consider a proposal that can actually be signed into law, a bipartisan, bicameral group is already negotiating, and I look forward to completion of its work.”

Members of the DACA community feel betrayed by Senate Democrats.

Erika Andiola, the former press secretary for Bernia Sanders, is one of the 800,000 people who have benefited from the DACA program and fought for a pathway to citizenship that doesn’t exist. A vote on The Dream Act would create that pathway to for hundreds of thousands of people like her.

And fellow Democratic politicians are skeptical of the “deal” that was made for the vote.

Both California senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris voted against reopening the government without protections for the DACA community. Senate Democrats and DACA recipients now have to believe that McConnell will bring a vote on DACA in the near future. Some Senate Democrats do not believe this will happen.

“I don’t believe he made any commitment whatsoever and I think it would be foolhardy to believe that he made a commitment,” Harris told Huffington Post.

If you want to see how your senators voted in today’s government shutdown vote, you can click here.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

READ: The U.S. Is Getting Closer To A Government Shutdown As Democrats Demand Action On DACA

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