NewsFlash! Senate Reaches Agreement to End Government Shutdown

This afternoon, Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate came to an agreement on a stopgap bill to fund the federal government through February 8, 2018. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to approve the bill and send it to President Trump to sign later today. This would end the government shutdown, and give Congress additional time to carve out a more long-term deal. This bill would also serve to extend various immigration programs, including the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) regional center program, for the same period.

Reportedly, Senate Republicans provided some type of assurances to Senate Democrats that, in exchange for allowing an end of the government shutdown, the Republicans would allow a vote on immigration reforms, including protections for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


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