RNC chairwoman: Dems owe Americans an explanation for shutdown 'fiasco'

RNC chairwoman: Dems owe Americans an explanation for shutdown 'fiasco'
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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielPaul dismisses Bevin loss, touts 'red wave' in other Kentucky races Trump and his allies downplay GOP loss in Kentucky governor's race GOP senators frustrated with Romney jabs at Trump MORE on Monday said Senate Democrats “owe the American people an explanation” for the government shutdown after negotiators announced a deal to reopen. 

“This shutdown was an entirely avoidable situation forced on the American people by the Democrat Party’s unreasonable demands,” McDaniel said in a statement. 

“It’s clear the Democrats decision to shut down the government backfired and now they owe the American people an explanation for why they put the country through this fiasco,” she said.

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The Senate voted Monday, 81-18, to move forward on a deal to end a three-day government shutdown and advance a stopgap funding measure that will last until Feb. 8.

Roughly 30 Democrats voted with Republicans to reopen the government after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (R-Ky.) promised to allow an immigration bill to come to the floor next month.

Democrats had initially rejected a stopgap measure, passed last week in the House, and demanded a funding bill include assurances to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that benefits hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers.”

Following Monday's vote, the White House argued Democrats "blinked," and had "come to their senses."

Liberal groups also hit Senate Democrats who approved the stopgap measure, arguing they caved instead of fighting for a deal to protect Dreamers.