Space is closed: How US govt's shutdown will affect NASA

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell center R-Ky

President Donald Trump started fresh immigration talks with senators on Monday as bipartisan lawmakers struck a deal to end the us government shutdown that hinged largely on their ability to reach an immigration compromise.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday night he had scheduled a vote for 1 a.m. Monday on a new spending bill that would keep the government open until February 8.

The senators agreed to the deal in exchange for a promise from the GOP to vote on legislation to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects from deportation about 700,000 undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers and is set to expire on March 5.

Republicans in turn said they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats gave them the votes needed to reopen the government.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers began shutting down operations on Monday with the US government closed, as a bipartisan group of senators tried to negotiate a deal just hours before the full Senate planned another vote to restore funding.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and most legislation, including spending bills or an immigration deal, will require 60 votes for passage.

The American government has been in shutdown for three days after senators failed to seal a last-ditch bid for funding late Friday night US-time. One Democratic strategist predicted Schumer is likely to face criticism in the party's progressive base over his decision to offer to pay for Trump's wall.

Senate Democrat Dick Durbin expressed optimism that despite intense recent feuding, both sides could quickly strike a deal to end the shutdown.

Several Senate Democrats who supported the agreement are facing competitive reelection battles in 2018 in states that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. Whether Trump would back the emerging plan or any later proposal on immigration is an open question.

A member of President Trump's administration had a few things to say about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) decision to host a dinner for House Democrats following the government shutdown.

Media captionThe missing - consequences of Trump's immigration crackdown What is a government shutdown? Markets have absorbed the shutdown drama over the last week, and on Monday morning world stocks and USA bond markets largely shrugged off Washington's standoff even as the dollar continued its pullback.

President Trump was largely quiet on the issue over the weekend, though he suggested in a tweet on Sunday morning that Republicans should change Senate rules to allow the bill by a simple majority.

"In a few hours, the government will reopen", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY.

Thirty-three Democrats joined 48 Republicans to end debate in the 100-member chamber on a bill extending the government's spending authority through February 8, setting the stage for final Senate passage.

As part of any immigration deal, Democrats want protections for the almost 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. "I will add my vote for this agreement", he said shortly after McConnell spoke on the Senate floor.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said in a written statement Saturday that such a shutdown should "never ever be a bargaining chip for any issue".

House Republicans like Meadows have been stressing that no immigration-related agreement between McConnell and other senators to pass the continuing resolution and children's health insurance combination will prove binding on the other body.

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