The Senate approved a short-term spending plan on Thursday, the move intended to keep the government running past Friday. However, nearly a third of the chamber dissented for various reasons, according to reports.
The Associated Press reported that President Donald J. Trump signed the temporary spending bill Friday morning to avert a government shutdown. To get it through the Senate, lawmakers “punted disputes on immigration, health care and the budget to next year.”
The measure passed in the House with heavy Democratic opposition Thursday, in a 231-188 vote. It then cleared the Senate at 66-32 “with Democrats from Republican-leaning states providing many of the key votes,” reported the AP.
According to the Daily Caller, the vote represents double the 14 Democrats who dissented against the temporary spending bill two weeks ago.
The DC reports that most of the nay votes were from Democrats who are desperate to deal with immigration issues. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was one of them, reportedly holding his support and insisting that Congress address immigration and domestic spending issues.
As the infighting in the Democratic Party continues, Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois reportedly criticized Schumer, saying he is not doing enough and doesn’t care about the recipients of Obama’s veiled amnesty program, Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to a Washington Post report.
The accusation came as more than a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus demanded a meeting with Schumer ahead of the vote. The Post reports:
Several people who attended the meeting, granted anonymity to describe what was expected to be a private exchange, said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) — arguably the most outspoken Democrat on immigration matters — unloaded on Schumer, accusing him and Democratic senators of not caring about the fate of dreamers and “throwing them under the bus” in the ongoing spending debate with Republicans, participants said.
In response, Schumer raised his voice, telling Gutiérrez not to insult fellow Democrats.
Gutiérrez shot back, telling Schumer: “Don’t raise your voice.”
Although two Republican senators — Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) — joined the mostly Democratic group of “nay” voters, the temporary measure passed. Congress will return in January to face issues that remain unresolved, including immigration, the federal budget, health care and national security, as well as the government’s authority to borrow money.
Following are the “nay” voters, as reported by the Daily Caller:
- Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Nay
- Michael Bennet (D-CO), Nay
- Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay
- Cory Booker (D-NJ), Nay
- Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Nay
- Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
- Ben Cardin (D-MD), Nay
- Bob Casey (D-PA), Nay
- Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Nay
- Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Nay
- Dick Durbin (D-IL), Nay
- Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
- Al Franken (D-MN), Nay
- Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay
- Kamala Harris (D-CA), Nay
- Maise Hirono (D-HI), Nay
- Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay
- Mike Lee (R-UT), Nay
- Ed Markey (D-MA), Nay
- Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
- Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Nay
- Chris Murphy (D-CT), Nay
- Patty Murray (D-WA), Nay
- Rand Paul (R-KY), Nay
- Jack Reed (D-RI), Nay
- Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Nay
- Brian Schatz (D-HI), Nay
- Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Nay
- Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Nay
- Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Nay
- Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
- Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nay