President Trump signs spending bill, ending government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) The White House says President Donald Trump has signed a bill reopening the government, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations.

The shutdown took effect Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the president's inauguration, but the White House maintains that Trump came out the winner in the GOP's standoff with Democrats.

The White House argues Democrats "caved" after Trump refused to negotiate with them on immigration policy until the government reopened. Democrats had been holding out for a firmer commitment to provide protections for some 700,000 younger immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

Congress late Monday afternoon approved a bipartisan agreement to re-open the federal government after a three-day partial shutdown.

The House approved the bill, 266-150, hours after the Senate backed it, 81-18. President Donald Trump is expected to quickly sign the measure to fund government operations through Feb. 8.

The votes set the stage for hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return Tuesday, cutting short what could have become a messy and costly impasse.

“Now that the theatrics are over, we can move on to addressing the priorities of hardworking Texas families,” U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan said.

“We can also resume bipartisan, bicameral discussions on the ‘four priorities blueprint’ for immigration reform. These discussions about border security, DACA, chain migration and the broken visa lottery system were delayed while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held the country hostage for partisan political purposes,” he said.

Flores promised to donate his net pay for the length of the shutdown to the Fisher House Foundation.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, called the shutdown senseless and said “the Democrats gained nothing but the disappointment of the American people.”

“I urge all of my colleagues to assess the damaging effects of funding the government through continuing resolution, and urge the passage of a long-term funding package,” he said.

“Americans deserve better than this, and I encourage Democrats in both the House and the Senate to remember this failed protest before repeating a similar mistake on February 8.”

The House vote came after Senate Democrats reluctantly voted in favor of the bill, relenting in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "dreamers" and other contentious issues.

Democrats from states won by Mr. Trump in 2016 broke with progressives looking to satisfy liberals' and immigrants' demands.