Competing Immigration Bills Face Senate Vote This Week

Two competing Senate bills will face a vote Thursday in hopes of ending the ongoing, partial government shutdown.

The GOP-backed legislation mirrors President Trump’s offer he outlined Saturday, which gives a three-year extension to DACA recipients in exchange for border wall funding.

The Democratic bill, if passed, would also reopen the government but only until February 8 and it does not allocate funding for border wall infrastructure.

Neither bill is likely to receive the 60 votes needed to advance unless several lawmakers are willing to vote across party lines to reopen the government.

Furloughed federal workers are expected to miss their second paycheck this Friday unless the government shutdown ends.

President Trump clarified over the weekend the ultimate goal would be a bipartisan solution for immigration reform.

Around one-fourth of the government has been closed since December 22.

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