“Thank goodness that’s over,” as the New York Times is reporting in an editorial this morning.
“On Monday the Senate voted 81 to 18 and the House 266 to 150 to reopen the federal government and fund it through Feb. 8, as well as to stop holding hostage the health care of almost nine million poor kids — and not a moment too soon. Shutdowns may make good partisan theater, but they don’t make any winners.
“Now perhaps Congress will finally get around to taking up a bill to protect the nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children — legislation that almost nine in 10 Americans support.
“That, at least, was the offer the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, made in order to break the stalemate. It wasn’t an ironclad promise, of course, and given Mr. McConnell’s record, it’s fair of many Democrats and other people of good faith to question his word.
“Nonetheless, the spotlight is now where it should be: on the failure of President Trump and Republicans in Congress to take care of the Dreamers, despite their repeated claims that they want to.”
“Mr. Trump has sent wildly contradictory messages. The Dreamers, he said last February, are “absolutely incredible kids” who deserve to be treated “with heart.” And yet, in September he created this problem by ordering an end to the program if Congress didn’t find a permanent fix by March 5.”
The rest of the article is here.