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Democrats Agree To Reopen Government Without Protections For Dreamers The Senate reached a deal Monday to fund the government and potentially provide a path forward for a larger immigration agreement. Senators approved a three-week funding measure to reopen the government, with many Democrats saying they felt encouraged by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) assurance over the weekend that the Senate would proceed to an immigration bill soon. Democrats insisted they weren’t caving, even though they didn’t get what they wanted: an immediate vote on protections for undocumented young people often called Dreamers. But the deal gave them a way out of what could have been a politically damaging shutdown. The promise of a vote on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, although it could be reneged on, is something Democrats didn’t have before. It’s the first time Democrats received a firm deadline for a vote on an immigration bill. And if McConnell doesn’t follow through, Democrats will be able to use this promise to vote against the next spending bill and pin the blame on Republicans. If McConnell keeps his word, he’ll put Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in a tough spot. There is a DACA bill currently working its way through the House that would deliver on a number of conservative immigration priorities, but it has no chance in the Senate. READ MORE


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING? One year after the first Women's March, energy is still high. “There’s a lot more rage and a lot more anger in this march.” READ MORE The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's congressional map, saying it illegally benefits the Republican Party. Republicans had consistently received a 13-5 advantage in the state’s congressional delegation since 2012. READ MORE Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke held onto undisclosed shares in a gun company. It’s unclear exactly how much Zinke’s shares in PROOF Research Inc. are worth, but his relationship to the Montana company raises questions of access. READ MORE



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