His Democratic counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said he agreed the shutdown was "avoidable", but that it was the responsibility of President Trump and the Republicans to chart a course for compromise. A spending bill has always needed 60 votes to pass the Senate, which, given the makeup of the current Congress, requires bipartisan support.
The government shutdown will continue into Monday.
"Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our risky Southern Border". The Democrats just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. A vote is scheduled for noon Monday that would end the shutdown with a short-term spending bill that would last three weeks.
"If ordinary rules prevailed, the majority rules in the Senate, the government would be open as of today", Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said, when asked on CNN Sunday about Trump's call to change the rules.
The issue had come up during internal party deliberations.
With no signs of any deal to restore funding for the federal government, lawmakers on Capitol Hill will be back for a rare Sunday session, with no real signs of an agreement to end the first government shutdown since 2013, as both parties continued to point the finger of blame at each other. Apparently this morning Democrats looked at the polling numbers and realized the public sentiment was shifting to "a pox on both your houses".
"They put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans,"spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said".
"He can't take yes for an answer", the New York Democrat said Sunday, contending that "only Trump" can end the shutdown.
He invited Chuck Schumer, a fellow New Yorker, to the White House for last-ditch talks but they failed to find sufficient common ground.
The Republican says that's a decision he always makes with his wife "each and every term" before Wisconsin's filing deadline. "We believe that you need to start in the House and it has been my position consistently, you start in the House with the most conservative bill, you send it to the Senate, it gets moderated in the Senate, and then comes back".
"But rather than solve problems, Democratic leadership preferred a shutdown that has unsafe consequences for our national defense".
Callers dialing into the number, 202-456-1111, are greeted with a message explaining that Democratic congressmen are holding government funding "hostage".
MCEVERS: NPR's Mara Liasson at the White House, thanks a lot.
Democrats have blocked a House-passed temporary funding bill to reopen the government's doors through February 16.
Flake said he plans to vote to reopen the government tomorrow. The White House and Republicans called it the "Schumer shutdown".
Mr Trump accused the Democrats of being "far more concerned with illegal immigrants than they are with our great military or safety at our risky southern border".