February 21, 2018

U.S. government in shutdown as midnight deadline passes

20 January 2018, 05:04 | Christie Tate

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Congress Likely Racing Toward a Government Shutdown

Friday appeared to be no exception, as he summoned Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer to his office to talk about a deal for a continuing resolution to fund the government, but Schumer left without convincing the president to include protection for DACA recipients in the funding plan.

Late Friday in Washington, DC, a procedural vote to advance legislation passed by the US House to fund the federal government through next month failed in the Senate Friday, less than two hours before a shutdown would occur at midnight.

Among Republicans, 62% would blame the Democrats in Congress, while 43% of Democrats would blame Republicans on Capitol Hill and 29% would blame Trump. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.

The Senate voted 50-49. The vote technically remains open as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not cast his vote.

The Republican-led House of Representatives on Thursday passed a four-week continuing resolution to keep the government funded through February 16, but it did so with the support of almost the whole GOP caucus and only bare minimum backing from Democrats. They have this short-term spending bill available that they could be voting on, but they haven't done it yet. Because the measure will need 60 votes to pass the chamber to break a filibuster, Republican leaders need as many as more than a dozen Democrats.

With that as a backdrop, Republican and Democratic leaders were already casting blame on each other for a shutdown that was still not a certainty. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wrote on Twitter.

Two Democrats who are counting votes told CNN the proposal scheduled to be voted on does not have the votes to pass as of 7:15 p.m. ET, though those Democrats said it was possible a shorter-term deal could be cut before the 10 p.m. vote.

Nevada senators were split along party lines. The entire Nevada congressional delegation has urged congressional leaders to reauthorize the program.

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In their turn, Democrats, who wanted to reach a deal on the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program in order to protect so-called "dreamers", migrants, who have been brought to the U.S. as children.

Democrats had tried to get concessions from Republicans, particularly on the extension of the immigration programme protecting young immigrants from deportation, which is set to expire in March. "Unfortunately, the president and his irresponsible enablers in Congress refuse to take yes for an answer and instead want to hold America hostage for funding for a taxpayer-funded and ineffective border wall he promised Mexico was going to pay for". We do not want a shutdown. Senate Democrats called for a funding extension of several days that would allow more time for negotiations over the legal status of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, known as "dreamers".

"Specific events matter if they fit into a larger narrative of what's at stake in an election", said Ben Wikler, the Washington Director of "They are playing with people's lives, and it's wrong".

There was uncertainty about House members' plans to remain in Washington after delivering a take-it-or-leave-it spending bill to the Senate. She called it "outrageous".

Mick Mulvaney of the Office of Management and Budget said Friday morning, "The military will still go to work; they will not get paid". This legislation would likely be dead on arrival in the Senate, where Democrats have said they have enough votes to block the legislation.

KELLY: I want to ask because for the last three and a half months the government has been running on stopgap spending bills that keep, you know, kicking this deadline down the road, but nobody's had to turn the government's lights out.

The last time the government shut down was in 2013 over then president Barack Obama's healthcare plan.

Four Democrats that voted for the bill - Joe Donnelly, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, and Heidi Heitkamp - are all from states that President Donald Trump won and are up for re-election in 2018.

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