Senators race to end United States government shutdown before work week begins

by Antonio Miles January 23, 2018, 1:50
Senators race to end United States government shutdown before work week begins

Many of them anxious that it fell short of their demands to reach a deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE or at least a promise from Republicans to attach immigration legislation to a must-pass bill.

Trump rejected two potential deals created to avert the government shutdown before it began.

President Donald Trump over the weekend largely stayed out of negotiations to reopen the federal government, tasking Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress with reaching a deal. "The president must take yes for an answer". The White House, however, backed out a few hours later.

Trump "continued conversations on the next steps on responsible immigration reform" during a lunch with Republican senators Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

In the midst of the stalemate, President Trump's re-election campaign released an ad declaring that "Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants", a stance that did little to improve the negotiating climate. "Schumer and the Democrats hold the government for millions of Americans and our troops hostage".

But Democrats are insisting that long-term funding legislation include protections for roughly 700,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the children - not just a vote on their status.

Resolving their plight would help secure Democratic support to end the shutdown.

Paul was among a handful of Republicans who voted with most Democrats against the House bill to keep the government open.

The House was expected to pass the bill later Monday, which would end the shutdown after three days.

Lawmakers are scheduled to hold a procedural vote at noon Monday on whether to advance a measure that would fund the government through February 8.

"The Senate needs to lead, because no one else is", Graham said.

Last September, Trump said he was terminating DACA and challenged Congress to come up with a legislative replacement by March 5.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered an olive branch to Democrats late on Sunday, pledging on the Senate floor to bring immigration legislation up for debate in February if the issue is still unresolved by then.

"This is incredibly stressful", said Jessica Klement, vice president at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, which represents more than 20,000 workers.

But even though the 60-vote threshold makes it hard for Republicans to pass their priorities, so far, there doesn't seem to be an appetite on either side of the aisle to get rid of the rule.

Schumer complained later that dealing with the president was like "negotiating with jello".

" I'm gonna take everybody at their word", said Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, who is still in his first month as a senator.

But a senior member of Trump's own Republican party rejected the idea. "This political Catch-22, never seen before, has driven our government to dysfunction".

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney however, said on CBS' Face The Nation that he had no real doubts military and border patrol agents would be paid for their work during the shutdown, just that their paychecks would be delayed.

"I think they miscalculated on the shutdown". "Today would be a good day to end it all".

However he said that he was confident Republican promises would be met on keeping the terms of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme. Lindsey Graham and Kentucky Sen.

While the White House has maintained that Trump is involved with negotiations, the president did not make a public appearance over the weekend.

While the powers at be inside Trump's White House might feel as though they are getting their point across loud and clear, it has caused some to question its appropriateness.

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