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Senate passes budget deal with shutdown underway

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That included Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, who had offered a serious of unanimous consent requests to move up the debate.

"I don't know why we are basically burning time here while the senator from Kentucky and others are sitting in the Cloakroom wasting everybody's time and inconveniencing the staff," Cornyn said on the floor Thursday night. "We could easily move this matter forward and have a vote. The outcome will be exactly the same."

Support for the legislation in the House remained hazy as the Senate voted. Many Republicans said they were not eager to increase spending and put the debt limit on ice, while Democrats threatened to withhold support without a promise from Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., that the House will have an open floor debate on an immigration measure.

"Our request is that you publicly state that you will schedule a vote to consider the bipartisan Hurd-Aguilar bill and any other DACA bills that you wish to consider, under a Queen of the Hill rule," House Democratic leaders wrote in a letter to Ryan, referring to a measure from Republican Will Hurd of Texas and Democrat Pete Aguilar of California.

DACA is the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, shielding certain young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, which President Donald Trump intends to unwind come March 5.

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(Paul M. Krawzak contributed to this report.)

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