It should be good news that both President Donald Trump’s Republicans and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats plan to vote to reopen the government this week.

But since they are voting on vastly different plans, this new phase of their confrontation is more likely to expose the gulf between them than to end the longest federal shutdown in history anytime soon.

Trump on Saturday made his most significant move yet in an impasse now nearly a month in by offering temporary protections for some undocumented immigrants in return for $5.7 billion in funding for his border wall.As Republicans see it, Trump’s speech from the White House is a statesmanlike effort to meet Democrats halfway in a bid to end the partial government shutdown.

“This is a common-sense compromise both parties should embrace,” Trump said.

But the plan, negotiated within the White House and among Republicans, was never likely to entice the support of Democrats since it does little to address their concerns. And Democrats insist that the government reopen before talks on thorny immigration issues begin.
Trump’s proposal is unlikely to get 800,000 federal workers now missing paychecks back to work. So the question is whether it will be any more successful for the President in transferring the blame he is currently shouldering for the shutdown to Democrats.