(CNSNews.com) - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) went to the Senate floor Friday afternoon and said the agreement President Donald Trump made to end the partial government shutdown without any deal on building a border wall “endorses” the position the Democrats took during the impasse.
The Senate then held a voice vote to pass the bill to fund for three weeks those parts of the government that had been shut down.
“The President has agreed to our request to open the government and then debate border security, which is great news for 800,000 Federal workers and millions of Americans who depend upon government services,” said Schumer.
“As Democrats have said all along, the solution to this impasse was to separate funding the government from our disagreements over border security,” said Schumer. “This agreement endorses that position. It reopens the government without preconditions, and it gives Democrats and Republicans an opportunity to discuss border security without holding hundreds of thousands of American workers hostage.
“Hopefully, it means a lesson has been learned--shutting down the government over a policy difference is self-defeating,” said Schumer.
Under the deal Trump agreed to the government will be funded until February 15. In the meantime, a conference committee consisting of members from both the House and Senate will consider legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security and enhance border security.
In his speech on the Senate floor, as he described the process that will gov forward, Schumer pointed out that the Democrats continue to be “against the wall.”
“As just outlined, we have agreed to pass a clean 3-week continuing resolution to reopen the government,” Schumer said. “Also, we will pass legislation in the Senate that will be related to the Department of Homeland Security so the House and Senate can participate in a conference committee on that legislation.
“In the conference, Democrats and Republicans will have the opportunity to negotiate the details of the Homeland Security bill, which will include issues of border security, humanitarian aid, drug inspection technology, and many others,” said Schumer.
“I genuinely hope this process will produce something that is good for the country and acceptable to both sides,” said Schumer. “We don't agree on some of the specifics of border security--the Democrats are against the wall--but we agree on many things, such as the need for new technology and the need to strengthen security at our ports of entry, and that bodes well for our coming to an eventual agreement.
“I believe there is good faith on both sides to reach an agreement, and we will work diligently to achieve one,” Schumer said.