Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y

Democrats want President Trump to negotiate over immigration as part of a budget deal, but Republicans say no deal is possible while federal government services are closed, BBC reported on Sunday. "The president must take yes for an answer".

"Schumer and the Democrats hold the government for millions of Americans and our troops hostage", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday in a statement.

Short lashed out at Senate Democrats for shuttering the government to appease the far left among their base, saying military funding and border security monies are being "held hostage" by that group because the "base of their party is upset about all the progress we made past year".

Funding legislation cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate and was expected to pass a full Senate vote promptly, allowing government to re-open.

The Senate planned a vote by early Monday on a spending extension. Top Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have remained firm in opposition to negotiating immigration while the government remained shut down.

Democrats made a decision to end the three-day "shutdown" after making progress with ruling Republicans toward securing the fate of hundreds of thousands of so-called "Dreamers" brought to America illegally as children.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers began shutting down operations on Monday with the US government closed, as a bipartisan group of senators tried to negotiate a deal just hours before the full Senate planned another vote to restore funding. "It's very unpopular, and they're trying to find a way out of it", said Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn of Texas.

"We will not negotiate on paying border patrol, the military and TSA in exchange for benefits for illegals", an official said of the group of undocumented immigrants.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set the vote after Schumer blocked a bid for an immediate vote Sunday night. "The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines", Schumer said.


While public reaction to the shutdown may have been muted over the weekend, Flake said Republicans would suffer politically in the long run.

"Unfortunately, the president and Republican leaders in Congress are like Abbott and Costello", Schumer said.

"If he does not, of course, and I expect he will, he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic senators but members of his own party as well", Schumer said. He has not had any members over for shutdown talks since Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., left the Oval Office Friday afternoon thinking he and Trump had the beginnings of a deal worked out. "This political Catch-22, never seen before, has driven our government to dysfunction".

But sources with knowledge of the discussions said a wall alone does not come close to meeting White House demands. I know, they were dragged here by their illegal parents.

Instead, at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the Senate would reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday, and take a procedural vote at noon to determine whether senators would then vote on a "continuing resolution" that would keep the government open until February 8th. "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". "Today would be a good day to end it all".

Luna received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA in 2012 as part of an Obama administration executive order which gave almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants the chance to go to college and work in the U.S, but still provided no path to citizenship. Lindsey Graham and Kentucky Sen.

"If an agreement is reached it would have to then pass through the House of Representatives, before being signed by Donald Trump, who is well known for saying one thing and doing another".

Even some Republicans are complaining about the White House's role in the negotiations, though they have pinned the blame not on Trump but on the staff around him.

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