WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – President Trump signed a short-term measure to reopen the government.
Both the House and Senate passed the bill Monday, three days after a dispute over immigration led to a shutdown.
“Now the Trump shutdown will end, but Republicans wasteful incompetence continues,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“This is not a moment to pat ourselves on the back, not even close,” added House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The bill, which includes a six year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, funds the government only through February 8th.
Senate Democrats reluctantly agreed to the stopgap measure after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to put a bill, addressing young immigrants brought here illegally as children, up for debate and a vote.
“Now those talks can get going again,” McConnell said. “Whether they bear fruit is up to all of us.”
Lawmakers on both sides continue to point fingers at each other over the shutdown and at President Trump, criticizing him for being absent from nearly 60 hours of tense negotiations.
“The great deal making President sat on the sidelines,” Schumer said.
But The President resumed talks on immigration Monday, meeting separately with six Republicans and two Democrats at the White House.
“He wants the DACA children to have certainly a pathway forward and he’s counting on the House and the Senate to do their job,” said Senator Joe Manchin.
Four Congressional leaders will now have 17 days to craft a plan providing legal status for nearly 700,000 immigrants.
“We’ve been in a meeting every single day,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “We’re working towards it, we’re making progress.”
The federal government fully reopens Tuesday morning.
Congress also authorized back pay for federal employees furloughed by the shutdown.