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Who won the government shutdown battle?

Screenshot from ABC News' YouTube video: The Senate and House vote to end government shutdown

The government is now open for business after the Senate reached a compromise to fund the government. Democrats agreed to fund the government until February 8 in exchange for a promise that Republicans will work on a large immigration bill in the next few weeks. This agreement has caused a split in the Democratic party, as there are many who do not believe Republicans will keep their word. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer believes they will, though.

According to NBC News, Senator Schumer said in a speech on the floor of the Senate, “After several discussions, offers, counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement.” He added, “We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement isn’t reached by Feb. 8, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke after Senator Schumer and said, “I think if we learned anything during this process, it’s that a strategy to shut down the government over an issue of illegal immigration is something the American people didn’t understand.” He continued, “And would not have understood in the future. So I’m glad we’ve gotten past that and we have a chance now to get back to work.”

President Trump took to Twitter to give his opinion on the end of the shutdown:

With the government shutdown now over, the question is posed: Which side won the shutdown battle?

ABC News covers congressional vote to end the government shutdown

The Issue

Which side won the government shutdown battle? Did Republicans win because Democrats caved and basically gained nothing for their efforts? Or, did Democrats have so little to work with, they win because they got a promise to negotiate DACA, and CHIP is now funded?

Page 2: Arguments that Trump and Republicans won the battle

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Written by Darren Silverman