Third day of United States government shutdown as working week begins

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

"On Friday, the Democratic leader made the extraordinary and destructive choice to filibuster our bipartisan bill and guarantee the American people a shutdown of their federal government", McConnell said. And on immigration in particular, Yamiche and I have both been reporting the president held meetings tonight with groups of senators, but it was interesting.

The House approved the funding bill by a vote of 266-150 just hours after it passed the Senate by a vote of 81-18.

There are 17 days before the current continuing resolution re-opening the government expires on February 8.

McConnell and Schumer met off the Senate floor in the early evening, as many in quiet Capitol offices flipped their television screens to playoff football games. Instead, Democratic senators received an agreement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections would be put up for a vote before the program expires on March 5. Polls meanwhile showed that recent political momentum had been favored Democrats heading towards the midterm, a sign that they would get the benefit of the doubt, even amid the headaches of a shutdown. They include Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California, Sen.

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.

Vehicles pass by freely in the background as a fee booth sits unmanned at the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park as national parks remain as "accessible as possible" during a government shutdown Saturday, Jan. 20, in Estes Park, Colorado.

"The Senate should act like the Senate", said Sen.

The Senate over the weekend inched closer but ultimately fell short of a deal that could have reopened the government before the beginning of the workweek. "We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward", Schumer said late Sunday.

Republicans have appeared increasingly confident that Democrats were bearing the brunt of criticism for the shutdown and that they would ultimately buckle. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, another previous no-vote, announced he would vote in favor of reopening the government Monday.

"We were in bipartisan, earnest, good-faith DACA negotiations before the shutdown", Ryan said on "Fox & Friends", referring to talks over how to resolve the status of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. "If it's enough for Flake, and Graham, and Collins - who want this done as much as they do - it should be enough for Democrats".

Schumer said he and Democrats were willing to compromise, but Trump "can't take yes for an answer - that's why we're here".

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 White House argues Democrats "caved" after Trump refused to negotiate with them on immigration policy until the government reopened. The White House said, work it out with Republican leaders on the Hill.

Both Republicans and Democrats want to sort of raise those spending cap - spending cuts.

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