Trump aide says Schumer needs to 'up his game' amid shutdown

Elias Hubbard
January 21, 2018

The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans, locked in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security, failed to agree on a last-minute deal to fund its operations.

Sen. John McCain Saturday blamed both Democrats and Republicans for the government shutdown, saying they did not cooperate and were not willing to compromise.

Negotiating with Trump, Schumer said, was liking doing so with "Jello'".

In the meantime, members of Congress are milling around the Hill with their hands in the air, searching for words to describe the situation.

Democrats said they oppose the three-week plan, viewing it as a way to stall negotiations over the future of the "Dreamers", whose protections expire in March.

A partial shutdown of the federal government officially began early Saturday morning after the Senate failed to pass a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operational.

In a late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through February 16.

The GOP-controlled House passed a spending bill Thursday to fund the government through February 16, which also included an extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

Short however said defiantly that any negotiations over the future of the DACA program would have to continue only after Democratic lawmakers relent and the government is fully funded.

Democrats largely held the line since it didn't address the fate of "Dreamers", the immigrants brought to the country illegally as children who were shielded from deportation by President Barack Obama's 2012 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) executive order. According to multiple congressional and White House sources, Trump also told Schumer he needed to work out an agreement with McConnell and Ryan. Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule MORE fired back at Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) on Saturday after the senator said negotiating with the president was like "negotiating with Jell-O". When pressed on the commitment, Schumer did not say how much he had agreed to consider spending on the wall.

It also said it would not discuss immigration until the government was up and running again.

"They could have easily made a deal but chose to play Shutdown politics instead ... You have to ask yourself, at what point does it become profitable to work with somebody like that?" he continued.

The Republicans want funding for border security - including the border wall - and immigration reforms, as well as increased military spending.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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