US Senate advances bill to reopen government

Lawmakers To Vote On Pulling US'Back From Brink On Shutdown

The shutdown cast a huge shadow over the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration as president

On Sunday, during his shutdown-exempted trip to the Middle East, Vice President Mike Pence criticized Democrats for the partial government shutdown, telling USA service members they "shouldn't have to worry about getting paid" - which would happen if the shutdown lasts past February 1 and Congress doesn't act.

A USA government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation.

"I would encourage [McConnell] to try to [get firmer language, ]" said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., predicted that "there will be a breakthrough tonight".

"All of these other things are an emergency", McConnell said.

U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly, a Democrat whose northern Virginia district has one of the highest concentrations of federal government employees, said there was no sign that serious bipartisan negotiations were taking place and he would be surprised if Congress reached a resolution before Monday. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va.

Seeking to win over holdout votes, McConnell pledged Sunday that the Senate would take up legislation on some top Democratic priorities, including immigration, if they aren't already addressed by February 8. The House voted to allow the poster, which bore a photo of Schumer and the quote "the politics of idiocy".

"We'll work to keep as many agencies open as we can", he said, adding "effects won't be as visible as they were in 2013.most Americans won't see a difference".

Both parties have blamed each other for the shutdown, which is centered on a dispute about protection for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

Democrats were trying to frame the deal as a temporary victory, though.

The shutdown took effect Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the president's inauguration, but the White House maintains that Trump came out the victor in the GOP's standoff with Democrats.

Senate Democrats have so far not agreed to support a revised bill without concessions on immigration from the GOP.

"As of right now I have no confidence that our chamber is prepared to address the Capital Region's, and the nation's, most urgent priorities", the Amsterdam Democrat said on Facebook.

"Because the President campaigned on the wall, even though he said it would be paid by Mexico, and demands the wall, for the sake of compromise, for the sake of coming together, I offered it", Schumer said.

With a 51-seat majority in the Senate, the Republicans do not have enough votes to pass the bill without some support from the Democrats. The White House said, work it out with Republican leaders on the Hill.

Trump said Democrats "could have easily made a deal but chose to play Shutdown politics instead".

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".

"The president must take yes for an answer", Schumer said.

Trump's budget director has been the administration's public face of the shutdown.

Kaine rejected Republicans' characterization that Democrats will own the shutdown, saying his vote merely amps up the pressure to finalize a budget.

The senator from Kentucky said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union": "It's gamesmanship and it's partisanship".

How and when this shutdown ends, both sides have already revealed themselves as more adept at finger-pointing, blame-shifting, hypocrisy and playing to their bases than they are at responding to the needs of their country.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake, part of a bipartisan working group pushing for legislation to replace DACA, told reporters that McConnell was still six or seven Democratic votes short of breaking the impasse that led to the shutdown. Nearly everybody here - Democrat and Republican - believe he need to get to a solution on the DACA issue and related immigration matters. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, remained vague about what his plans were.

The five holdout Democrats - Jones, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri - did earn some enmity from liberal groups. Now, he said, he was waiting to see what would happen in the other chamber.

The White House lashed out at Schumer, blaming him for the shutdown and doubling down: Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declared that he would never negotiate an immigration deal until Congress agrees to resume normal government spending.

"The Senate needs to lead 'cause no one else is", Graham said, adding later, "The White House staff, I think, is making it very hard".

Democratic Senators are so exercised about their fate that they have been refusing to vote for new temporary Government funding measures until a deal on the dreamers has been reached, plunging the US Government into total shutdown (dubbed the #SchumerShutdown by the Republicans). "We will make a long-term deal on immigration if and only if it's good for our country".

Trump's attempts to negotiate an end to the shutdown with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer collapsed on Friday in recriminations and fingerpointing. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, adding that he believes "the American people are on our side".

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