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Negotiating a path Senator Chuck Schumer calls “neutral and fair to all sides,” Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill reached a deal to re-open the government on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators promised Democrats that the chamber would take up an immigration bill to protect 800,000 Dreamers from deportation. Schumer and other pro-immigration Dems are taking a leap of faith that McConnell will keep his word.

“After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement,” Schumer told colleagues on the Senate floor.

The vote to re-open the Federal government passed on Monday afternoon by an 81-18 margin.

The New York senator also said bi-partisan negotiations were amiable and productive over the weekend due to the conspicuous absence of President Trump, who Schumer slammed on Friday for not “taking yes for an answer.”

The GOP has pledged that DACA bills will be drafted in both houses of Congress with an open-amendment process, a measure that moderates and civil libertarians in both parties pushed for over the weekend.

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour

Three states that narrowly swung from Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016 seem likely to swing back in 2020. Polling currently gives a consistent and solid lead to Democrat Joe Biden in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Should Biden carry all three of these swing states and keep all of the states Hillary Clinton won in 2016, he will win an Electoral College majority and the presidency.

According to RealClear Politics' polling average, Biden currently enjoys a 4-point lead in Pennsylvania, a 6.4-point lead in Michigan, and a 6.7-point lead in Wisconsin.

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