The Government Will Almost Certainly Shut Down After Failed Vote


He added: "For those asking, the Republicans only have 51 votes in the Senate, and they need 60".

It was unclear which way the vote would go as the midnight deadline approached, with Republicans and Democrats split on key issues. Democrats are opposing it even though they support what's in it, including funding for the military and a six-year reauthorization of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program.

Democrats refused to budge on its position that any spending bill must include renewed protections for an estimated 800,000 children brought illegally to the USA, known as "Dreamers".

"I think there's a deal in the next 24 hours", he told reporters.

The government has been shut down before, most recently in 2013 under Barack Obama, during which citizen Trump wrote a tweet laying the blame for such shutdowns directly at the president's feet.

Gottheimer broke with his party when he supported the House bill.

Friday's vote followed a day lacking the tense discussions and spirited closed-door meetings that typically precede important legislative deadlines.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., walks to speak to the media outside the Capitol after meeting with President Donald Trump, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our unsafe Southern Border.

"Like some political goldfish swimming in a bowl of amnesia, Republicans have forgotten they picked up seats in the mid-term elections following their own 2013 shutdown", said Richard L. Wolffe, a British-American journalist.

The vote failed 49 to 50. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats of holding the American people hostage over an immigration issue that could be resolved in March.

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Arguing that Trump's predecessors "weaponized" that shutdown, Mulvaney said his budget office would direct agencies to work to mitigate the impact this time.

He predicted a solution to keep the government for a short period "within a few days".

Earlier in the day, the Office of Management of Budget said it was preparing for "what we're calling the Schumer Shutdown".

On the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, let his frustration with the stalemate show in an unusually frank comment.

Representatives with the White House have said there will be no negotiation on DACA until the government reopens. "I probably have gone too far saying that, but it's true and it's disappointing to me". Members of each party blamed the other for the shutdown, but some of the blame landed, as Trump had said it should four years ago, on the president.

That deal has not come together, and Democrats have made a decision to dig in.

"This is a movement", said Sen.

Asked by anchor Brianna Keilar if we were going to see any movement on ending the shutdown or if it was going to continue since everyone is blaming each other, Sen. During the shutdown, most non-exempt government employees were furloughed and all national parks and monuments were closed to the public. With Trump in the White House, it's hard for any story to stay at the top of the news cycle for more than a few days.

Vice President Mike Pence echoed those sentiments in a Tweet late Friday night.

The fact remains, however, that Republicans control the White House, the House and the Senate. If Trump and the GOP get most of the blame, Trump's approval rating (on an upswing recently) could suffer and Republicans' position on the generic ballot could deteriorate pretty quickly.