The three-day standoff offered more proof that government closures never end well for those making the demands.

By Rachael Bade and Seung Min Kim
Published:    01/22/2018 – 02:19 PM EST
Updated:      01/22/2018 – 04:20 PM EST

Senate Democrats shut down the government in hopes of striking a deal to shield 700,000 young immigrants from deportation. In the end, they got a promise of a vote — one that Republicans argue was going to happen anyway.

Democrats lost the shutdown war. That much was obvious when they voted Monday to reopen the government with little to show for it. They had vowed for weeks not to back any funding bill without a bipartisan agreement to protect so-called Dreamers. But as Washington entered Day Three of a government shutdown, Democrats folded, voting to reopen the government barely any closer to their goal.

Republicans declared victory.

“We gave them nothing,” said Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. “We’ve been able to get our message out as Republicans as a whole and be consistent and be united on this front.”

Added Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a top member of the Senate Appropriations Committee: “Nobody wins in a shutdown, and this time, surely the Democrats didn’t win.”

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), who had been meeting with numerous senators to try to find a way out of the mess, was a bit more gentle toward Democrats. “They took off, but they didn’t know whether they were gonna land,” he said. “So we gave them a place where they could land.”

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