Schumer Laughs Last?

By Ending Shutdown, Democrat Gets CHIP Program Funded For 6 Years And More Leverage For Next Battle

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“Senate Democrats relented in their filibuster of the government spending bill on Monday, paving the way for the federal government to reopen as soon as Tuesday,” Vox reports.

“The short-term deal sets up another showdown on February 8. Democrats are betting that with the popular CHIP program off the table, they will have more leverage and, with McConnell’s promise in hand, sturdier ground from which to fight next time.”

“In agreeing to break the impasse after a three-day shutdown, Democrats are banking that they have successfully pigeonholed Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell into opening an immigration debate in the coming weeks and that an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote for an immigration bill would put pressure on the House and White House. They are already warning that if their demands aren’t met, another government shutdown could happen on February 8, when the three-week short-term funding bill runs out. And next time they won’t have Republicans dangling a six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program over their heads.”

UPDATE: Schumer Takes Border-Wall Offer Off the Table (Source: NYMag.com)

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