US shutdown to end as Senate Republicans and Democrats reach a deal

Rozina Sabur
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer - Bloomberg

Democrats and Republicans have agreed to a deal which will end the US government shutdown.

The government partially shut down on Friday after a funding deadline ran out because the two parties had failed to agree on a deal.

On Monday afternoon Democratic senators announced they have agreed to a deal with the Republicans which paves the way to reopen the federal government. 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the party's most senior senator, announced that the party would vote to advance a plan to reopen the government.

The deal means the Republicans will promise to take up an immigration bill which would protect an estimated 800,000 undocumented child migrants from deportation in exchange for the Democrats agreeing to end the shutdown.

Mr Schumer said: "The shutdown will soon end, but the work must go on. And it will."

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