The Senate voted 81-18 on Monday to end the three-day-old government shutdown, with Democrats joining Republicans to fund the government through February 8th.
Later in the day congress gave the final approval to pass the continuing resolution 266-159 that will fund the federal government for just over two weeks.
Then, according to a a senior administration official, Donald Trump signed the bill Monday night allowing thousands of furloughed federal employees to go back to work on Tuesday.
The resolution to the shutdown comes after a weekend that saw Democrats brand the shutdown the “Trump Shutdown,” and Republicans brand it the “Schumer Shutdown,”.
Monday’s vote offered both parties on offramp out of the morass they found themselves in.
The bill extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another six years and delays or suspends a handful of tax increases that were to help pay for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Despite the deal on CHIP many progressives believe the Republicans got the best of the Dems as the three-week spending measure was predicated on a promise from Senate GOP leaders to address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.
Thought the Democrats walk away from the deal with Senate Majority leader McConnell's assurance that there will be a vote on a measure to protect the DACA recipients from deportation there are no such assurances from the Congress of Donald Trump.