Republicans claimed victory as the short-term spending bill passed the US Senate and House late on Monday and President Donald Trump signed it to mark the end of the three-day government shutdown.
“Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“Now I want a big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA, but especially for our Great Military and Border Security. Should be able to get there. See you at the negotiating table,” he added.
Republicans said the Democrats finally realised that they made a political miscalculation by taking an indefensible position on the funding bill.
The bill was cleared on the Republican assurance that the status of 800,000 ‘Dreamers’ — young, undocumented immigrants who came to the US illegally as children — will be decided in the coming weeks.
Democratic Party’s leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said the end of the standoff opened a “real pathway” to a vote on the immigration bill to decide the fate of ‘Dreamers’ who have been allowed to stay in the US under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
While the Democrats batted for immigrants with an eye on November legislative elections, Republicans gave a clear message that the welfare of the lawful citizens of the country mattered more to them than that of illegal immigrants.
Agreeing to end the shutdown, Schumer blamed the three-day impasse on Trump who sat on the sidelines during last-ditch talks.
While rival parties claimed victory after the passage of the bill, hundreds of thousands of federal workers heaved a sigh of relief as they prepared to return to work on Tuesday. Many of them were worried as the shutdown made their services non-essential and forced them to sit at home without pay.