Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell will hold a vote this week to reopen the government.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to bring President Trump’s immigration proposal to the floor for a vote this week.
Trump offered on Saturday to temporarily extend protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for $5.7 billion for his border wall.
It came as the partial government shutdown entered its 30th day and Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began.
Trump lashed out at his opponents after they dismissed the plan that he billed as a compromise.
With hundreds of thousands of federal workers set to face another federal pay period without paychecks, the issue passed to the Senate, where McConnell has agreed to bring Trump’s proposal to the floor this week.
Democrats say there’s little chance the measure will reach the 60-vote threshold usually required to advance legislation in the Senate.
Republicans have a 53-47 majority, which means they need at least some Democrats to vote in favor.
McConnell has long tried to avoid votes on legislation that is unlikely to become law.
The Kentucky Republican has said for weeks that he has no interest in ‘show votes’ aimed only at forcing members to take sides after Trump rejected the Senate’s earlier bipartisan bill to avert the shutdown.
What’s unclear is how McConnell will bring Trump’s plan forward – or when voting will begin.