Senators appeared optimistic they had the votes to end the government shutdown Monday after leaving meetings more confident about a compromise deal to allow Congress to pass a short-term funding bill.
The chamber is expected to shortly vote to advance a shot-term stopgap bill to keep the government open through Feb. 8.
“We will vote today to reopen the government,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Schumer said Democrats have received assurances that the Senate will take on immigration issues, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Earlier Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R., Ky., said he intends to allow debate on immigration before Feb. 8.
The Democratic leader said he was “confident” a bipartisan immigration bill could win 60 votes.