Schumer's Shutdown, Senate Dems Derail Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

The GOP-led House passed legislation to keep the federal government operating beyond Friday, but Democrats had the votes to sink the bill in the Senate.

It's been more than a week since word leaked of President's Donald Trump's "s--hole countries" comment, but instead of moving past it and returning to the negotiating table, Democrats continue to milk Trump's comments - posturing for the cameras to condemn his "ignorance and bigotry", while threating to shut down the government if Trump does not immediately codify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals as part of a short-term government funding bill. But federal workers wouldn't be paid.

Durbin noted that the spending bill now pending in the Senate is the fourth such temporary funding measure Republicans have pushed in the previous year. It also would have reauthorized for six years the Children's Health Insurance Program, which helps states pay for health care for low-income kids. It actually started as a Republican idea, and Democrats have seized on it. Sherrod Brown of OH indicating he'd likely support the bill.

But Democrats appeared determined to block it in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slender majority and may need as many as a dozen Democratic crossover votes to reach a 60-vote majority.

"The Republican majority has failed in 119 days to produce a budget for the United States of America", said Sen.

Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Arizona's Jeff Flake have all stated their opposition to the bill.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said he was ratcheting up the likelihood of a government shutdown from 30 per cent to a 50-50 possibility.

Still, shortly before Schumer arrived at the White House, Mulvaney was framing any possible shutdown as a "Schumer shutdown", complaining that Senate Democrats "are opposing a bill that they don't oppose - they're for clean CRs; they're for the extension to the CHIP program".

Voters "will see which Senators vote to shove aside veterans, military families, and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage until we pass an immigration bill they have not even written yet, ' McConnel continued". They should abandon this reckless shutdown strategy and join the House in keeping the government open and our troops funded.

Among Republicans, 62% would blame the Democrats in Congress, while 43% of Democrats would blame Republicans on Capitol Hill and 29% would blame Trump.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney speaks during a press briefing at the White House Saturday Jan. 20 2018 in Washingto
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney speaks during a press briefing at the White House Saturday Jan. 20 2018 in Washingto

The extension to fund the government through February 16 failed in the Senate on Friday night.

Renacci and Senate Republican candidate Mike Gibbons were quick to strike back.

"Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has persuaded his caucus to shut down the government over a totally false pretext".

"I think the change comes about from people like Mr. Miller", Graham said. On Thursday night, Schumer suggested a much shorter CR - that would last four or five days - to buy more time to reach a long-term spending agreement. He backed off. Aides have also employed stalling, "hoping he'll forget what he wanted done and move on to something else".

"This is not a good way to score political points", Portman said. It was the longest shutdown in history. Medicare and Medicaid continue to function.

Two GOP sources with knowledge of the process say Republican leadership - including Sen.

As recently as last May, Trump seemed to relish a spending fight with Democrats.

The poll's findings could have an impact on whether or not the government will shut down Friday.

Trump entered the fray early Friday morning, mentioning the House-approved bill on Twitter, adding: "Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate — but they want illegal immigration and weak borders".

Almost every Democrat in the House made the same demand. John Thune (S.D.), the chamber's No. 3 Republican, said he was "at a loss". He said he looked forward to a procedural vote that would advance the House bill, though he did not indicate when that vote would happen.

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