McConnell blocks Senate Democrats' move to reopen government


"I expected these actions to be a big bipartisan vote, not a partisan showdown", he said.

Collins said Trump remained "very strong in his position" when she suggested he offer more to Democrats in exchange for the wall in the meeting.

But at the White House, Trump said the federal workers are "terrific patriots" who will eventually get paid. Some 800,000 federal workers are about to miss their first paycheck, and money for programs including food stamps and federal housing assistance is at risk of drying up after funding for a quarter of the government ran out December 22.

Most Senate Democrats have vowed to block all legislation in the Senate until it votes on a measure to end the shutdown, criticizing President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans for backing his demand for $5.7 billion to build a barrier on the border with Mexico before reopening the government.

Sen. Schatz also claimed that "people are suffering" because of the government shutdown, a claim that leaders in the Democratic Party, as well as the mainstream media, have been echoing in an effort to inculcate a sense of general anxiety among American citizens.

"Senator Schumer will vote against proceeding to S.1 because Senate Republicans should instead bring to floor the bi-partisan House-passed bills to reopen the government", Schumer's spokesman, Angelo Roefaro, told JTA in an email.

The first spending bill voted on covered financial services, such as the Treasury Department and the IRS.

With negotiations to end the shutdown at an impasse, Democrats have pledged to continue voting on individual appropriations bills - with votes on two more appropriations bills Thursday covering Agriculture and Interior appropriations. "How silly", McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. We have provided a number of ways to do that.

Trump has been making a public case that there is a "crisis" at the southern border.

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME was spotted on Wednesday huddling with fellow Republican Sens.

Tlaib shared Sanders' comments and added, "they forgot what country they represent". "There's an opportunity for every American to see who wants government open, and our responsibility is not to do what the president of the United States tells us to do".

Republicans in the senate are trying to pass S.1, the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, which includes the Combating BDS Act of 2019.

The Senate plans a procedural vote Tuesday on the Middle East policy package, which is co-sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Those tactics were first proposed by Sen.

On Twitter, Rubio said he would try for another vote to move forward with the bill later this week.

Republican Reps. Bob Gibbs (Ohio), Susan Brooks (Ind.), Scott Tipton (Colo.), Morgan Griffith (Va.), and Mark Meadows (N.C.) introduced the Providing Pay for Essential Employees Act, the Daily Caller first reported. Democrats - who control the House after an election they interpret as a repudiation of Trump's anti-immigrant message - were not showing signs of cracking in their resolve. Cory Booker, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Thomas Carper, D-Del.

They are also backed up by key liberal outside groups, including the Center for American Progress, Indivisible and the AFL-CIO, although this strategy hasn't been backed caucus-wide.

When she said "no", Schumer said, Trump got up and said, "Then we have nothing to discuss". He was not present at the president's press conference on Friday, but spokesman Don Stewart said that the Kentucky Republican did not know about the event, according to CNN.