March 24, 2018

Trump speaks with Republicans on shutdown Day 2

25 January 2018, 02:58 | Christie Tate

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US President Donald Trump

"It has the Democrats anxious", he said. The White House and GOP leaders said they would not negotiate with Democrats on immigration until the government is reopened. When his fellow Republicans looked to him for guidance, "the president provided none", the senator said.

On the Senate floor, No 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said that for shutting down the government, the Democrats "got nothing".

"We can do it together", Durbin said.

"Now, we all know in the Senate the minority has the power to filibuster", Kentucky's McConnell said on the floor Sunday afternoon.

Legislation to renew government funding easily won enough support in a vote in the Senate and was expected to pass the House of Representatives, allowing government to reopen through February 8. The House will have to come back into session to vote on the new legislation.

Many Democrats had anxious that the Republican talking point that Democrats were siding with "illegal immigrants" over the military and government would resonate with voters as the stalemate extended into the workweek Monday morning. The broad framework is that, in exchange for a permanent fix for DACA, the president wants funding for the border wall he touted frequently during the campaign, along with an end to what he calls chain migration - or legal immigrants bringing other family members to the US - and an end to the visa lottery system. "I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible", Duckworth said. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the agreement would require the Senate to quickly begin debate a wide range of immigration proposals with hopes of passing a bill in the coming weeks.

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins said a group of as many as 22 senators were discussing alternatives, though the details were "in flux". Unfortunately, we can not answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding - including funding for our troops and other national security priorities - hostage to an unrelated immigration debate. They fell 10 votes short.

In September, President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but gave Congress six months to find a solution.

Flake said negotiations would resume early on Monday leading up to the midday vote on the Senate floor. Rather, Sen. Lindsay Graham reported that the short-term funding resolution would include an agreement to hold an immigration debate before the resolution expires in February.

The brief tweet was significant because the leaders hadn't spoken since early Saturday morning, according to Schumer's spokesman Matt House.

This government shutdown is actually being called "The Schumer Shutdown", and that is not good for the Democrats.

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But Democrats appeared to be holding out for a firmer commitment from McConnell.

McConnell's comments followed hours of behind-the-scenes talks between the leaders and rank-and-file lawmakers over how to end the display of legislative dysfunction, which began Friday at midnight after Democrats blocked a temporary spending measure. The longer the shutdown goes on, the stronger the economic impact, increasing the possibility that the US economy's recent growth spurt could stall.

It's no longer Republicans starving children and forcing old people to eat dog food.

Democrats saw it differently.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.

"Under this unified control, it was the Republicans' job to govern", Schumer told the Senate. It was their job to reach out to us and come up with a compromise. That's where the measure hit a snafu late Friday night, triggering the stalemate.

Trump said Democrats "could have easily made a deal but chose to play Shutdown politics instead".

Trump voiced his displeasure with that bill last week in a rant targeted at African nations, Haiti and El Salvador. We Democrats are at the table, ready to negotiate.

Vice President Mike Pence, traveling in the Middle East, blamed Democrats for "a shutdown that has risky consequences for our national defense".

"As I have always said, once the Government is funded, my Administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. Stop illegal immigration", an announcer says in the ad. "Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants", the announcer says. The White House said, work it out with Republican leaders on the Hill. "The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines", Schumer said.

President Trump on Monday accused Democrats of prioritizing services and security for noncitizens over USA citizens.

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