February 19, 2018

Accord to end US shutdown

26 January 2018, 06:07 | Christie Tate

Attractions including the Statue of Liberty have been closed

Attractions including the Statue of Liberty have been closed

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who voted against the short-term funding plan on Friday, and Texas Republican John Cornyn, the majority whip, both predicted they could get enough support from Democrats in the vote early Monday to pass a three week extension and keep the government open through February 8.

"Bipartisan, bicameral negotiations have been underway for months".

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that managing the shutdown is the "biggest part of the process" for Trump.

A vote to end the shutdown was postponed until midday on Monday, meaning many federal government offices will not open as the shutdown enters its third day.

McConnell had insisted that the Senate would not move to immigration legislation until it was clear what could earn Trump's support.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer objected to a vote on Sunday evening, but not the plan to vote on Monday. McConnell said he intends to bring up free-standing immigration legislation in February. Tammy Duckworth of IL took to the Senate floor to call for a measure in the meantime to assure pay for military personnel and for military families to receive death benefits despite the shutdown.

A host of the chamber's more pragmatic members are pressing to resolve the shutdown mess. "Talks will continue, but we have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable to both sides". He has not appeared in public since Friday afternoon.

Why can't Democrats and Republicans agree?

Republicans now control the chamber 51-49. Five Democrats from states won by Trump broke ranks in a vote Friday.

McConnell has long defended the filibuster.

Pompeo also says he doesn't agree that the stalemate on Capitol Hill that led to the shutdown is a signal of dysfunction in Washington. Some Republicans have said they won't support a funding measure that includes DACA without funding for Trump's proposed wall on the border with Mexico.

The Wisconsin Republican says, "Open the government back up and then we'll get back to negotiating".

The president took to Twitter on Sunday morning to call on the GOP-controlled Senate to consider deploying the "nuclear option" - changing Senate rules to end the filibuster - and reopen the government with a simple majority.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Trump had instructed him to ease the effects of the shutdown as much as possible.

The impasse, the first of its kind since 2013, cast a huge shadow over the first anniversary on Saturday of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

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Trump has said Democrats are "far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our unsafe Southern Border". He also accused Democratic U.S. Sen.

In another tweet, Trump said more Republicans are needed in the Senate: "For those asking, the Republicans only have 51 votes in the Senate, and they need 60".

Ellis Island was the first place many hopeful immigrants saw upon arrival on USA shores, the repository for all their dreams. USA stock futures edged lower.

"These discussions about border security, DACA, chain migration and the broken visa lottery system were delayed while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held the country hostage for partisan political purposes", he said.

Health Insurance Program and other government programs were of more immediate concern. Tammy Duckworth of IL took to the Senate floor to call for a measure in the meantime to assure pay for military personnel and for military families to receive death benefits despite the shutdown.

Pence spoke to troops in the Middle East as Democrats and Republicans in Congress show few signs of progress on negotiations to end the government shutdown.

Government operations are expected to essentially returning to normal on Tuesday.

The short-term spending measure means both sides may wind up in a shutdown stalemate again in three weeks.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth issued a statement following the vote that lead with a point echoed by many Republican House defense hawks who did not like the lack of long-term funding for the military.

But Democratic leaders, anxious about being blamed for the disruptive shutdown that resulted, relented in the end and accepted a pledge by Republicans to hold a debate later over the fate of the Dreamers and related immigration issues.

The House approved the bill, 266-150, hours after the Senate backed it, 81-18.

Later Sunday afternoon, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL of hypocrisy. "Use every tool legally available to you", Mulvaney said on Face the Nation. He says, "This is pure politics".

The shutdown is the first since a 16-day closure in October 2013.

The U.S. government can not fully operate without funding bills that are voted in Congress regularly. "We are continuing to work hard towards reopening the government", she said.

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