Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was summoned to the White House Friday afternoon, holding last-minute discussions with President Trump as the deadline for a government shutdown inches closer by the hour, reports Fox News.
The White House said it would not negotiate with the Democrats on immigration until the shutdown ended.
After spending years blasting congressional Republicans as obstructionists who would rather shut down the government over their pet issue than work with the president on broad legislation, Democrats made a decision to use what little congressional power they now have to.shut down the government over their pet issue rather than work with the president on broad legislation.
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY countered that the blame rested with President Donald Trump and Republicans.
Partisans on social media moved quickly to assign blame for the impasse, with Democrats referring to it as the #TrumpShutdown and "Republicans" calling it the #SchumerShutdown after U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of NY, the Senate minority leader.
For the state, it means, come Monday, thousands of federal employees could be sent home without paychecks and only those deemed essential to national security will head to work.
Democrats backed three previous short-term spending extensions late a year ago while bipartisan negotiations went forward on immigration and spending priorities.
On a stopover in Shannon, Vice-President Mike Pence said the shutdown was "going to take as long as it takes".
Senate Republicans, who with the absence of John McCain held a tenuous, one-seat majority, had needed as many as a dozen Democratic crossover votes to float the four-week stopgap. Democrats have been saying for a while they won't vote for a bill that doesn't include it. Republicans want to tackle the issue in a separate bill and instead are trying to sell Democrats on funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Government funding expires at midnight on Friday. "This will be called 'the Trump Shutdown'".
While five Democrats ended up voting for the measure, five Republicans voted against it.
McConnell echoed the White House sentiment, referring to the shutdown as a "cynical decision by Senate Democrats to shove aside millions of Americans for the sake of irresponsible political games".
"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown", the statement began.
He said he wanted to include any deal for Dreamers in a bigger legislative package that also boosted funding for a wall and tighter security measures along the United States border with Mexico. They say that this is all because the president is not trustworthy, and they don't know what kind of deal they could strike with other people here in the Capitol that the president will accept.
The bill, already passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday on largely party lines, will fund the government running through February 16. With 50 Republicans present, the majority GOP needed to win support from 10 or more Democrats, many of whom had threatened to oppose a short-term spending plan if they could not also pass a bill shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation.