Senate reaches deal to end U.S. government shutdown
Ratings agency Standard and Poor's estimated that each week of a government shutdown would cost the US economy roughly $6 billion.[break]
The spending bill will fund the U.S. government until February 8, according to reports from Washington, DC.
Democrats and Republicans could not agree on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open by midnight last Friday.
"We will vote today to reopen the government," Democrat Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a speech on the Senate floor.
The disagreement was rooted in protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors. ■