Senate heads for uncertain vote to end shutdown as day 3 begins

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(KTAL) The Senate headed toward an uncertain vote Monday as the government shutdown entered Day 3.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a vote for noon on a short-term funding extension that would allow for three more weeks of negotiations on key immigration issues. But the vote’s prospects for passage appeared dim as Democrats openly questioned whether McConnell’s “intention” to bring up a vote on a bipartisan bill to address DACA is enough of a commitment to end the impasse.

A bipartisan group of nearly two dozen senators met Monday morning to continue talks on ending the stalemate.

“I think we just need a little bit more clarity,” Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said as he walked into the bipartisan meeting.

Afterward, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, an organizer of the meeting, said, “It would be helpful if Senator McConnell’s language would be stronger.”

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