This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.
The US government shutdown is over. In the end it lasted 69 hours and general consensus seems to be that the Republicans won this particular battle.
Senate Democrats compromised on a short-term spending measure to re-open the federal government after forcing the shutdown over an impasse on immigration. Some progressives and immigration activists criticised the party for "caving". As part of the compromise, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged that he will open the floor to debate and votes in the coming weeks on the fate of undocumented migrants known as "Dreamers", who have temporary protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, due to expire in March.
The Senate's second most senior Democrat, Dick Durbin, was optimistic about the deal: “Parts of this were a victory in terms of moving to immigration for the first time in five years, with a deadline, with an understood procedure with the other side acknowledging this is about DACA,” he said. Leader McConnell tweeted: "Because common sense and bipartisanship won out... we have a fresh start today to resume negotiations on key issues such as immigration and border security, disaster relief, health care, and defence spending."