Budget compromise in the US Senate, towards the reopening of the government
An almost deserted corridor on Capitol Hill on January 21st
The US Senate on Monday found a temporary budget compromise to fund the state and end the partial closure of the federal government that has nailed hundreds of thousands of federal employees to their homes.
After intense negotiations, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate have agreed on a text ensuring the financing of the state until February 8, with the stated objective of finding an agreement on immigration and the fate of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who arrived young in the United States.
This compromise must now be validated by the House of Representatives, then signed by Donald Trump, to enter into force.
Unless improbable, the first “shutdown” of the Donald Trump era will have lasted three days. The last, which dates back to 2013, under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama, lasted 16 days.
In the short term, the pill has a bitter taste for the left wing of the Democratic Party: the vote on this temporary budget has finally passed without firm counterparts on immigration from the Republicans.
US President Donald Trump remained notoriously unobtrusive throughout the weekend and Monday morning, merely tweeting to denounce the attitude of his political opponents. “We must put an end to the obstruction of the Democrats!”, He said.
“In a few hours, the government will reopen, we have a lot to do,” said Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer, who once again joked about the White House’s confusion.
“Republicans have never been able to get a clear idea of what their president wanted,” he said. “The president who boasts of being a great negotiator has been a spectator,” he added.
– Dreamers at the heart of the debate –
Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (d), January 22, 2018 in Washington
“The Republican majority now has 17 days to prevent the” Dreamers “from being expelled,” said Schumer.
The Democrats want to quickly reach the regularization of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants arrived in the United States, known as “Dreamers” (Dreamers), and the temporary status granted under Barack Obama was removed in September.
When Donald Trump repealed the Daca program, which allowed 690,000 undocumented youth to work and study lawfully, he gave Congress until March to find a lasting solution for them.
The head of the Republican majority in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, launched a compromise call Monday morning: “Every day we spend arguing about leaving the lights on is a day lost to negotiating immigration or defense or our other common priorities ”
As soon as the “shutdown” came into force, the White House said that there would be no question of negotiating immigration until a temporary budget had been voted.
Collateral effect of this likely end of the budget paralysis: Donald Trump should be able to participate as scheduled at the Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) this weekend.
In the midst of the confusion of the last days, the Statue of Liberty has managed to make a distinct voice heard. Closed to tourists since Saturday morning, it reopened Monday.
The state of New York had decided to pay the federal employees needed to reopen this emblematic monument of an America open to migrants.
The statue is important to the economy, but “it’s more than that,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. “It’s a symbol of New York and our values (…) His message has never been so important as it is today. ”