Government Shutdown 2018: Where We Are Now

House Republicans managed to psuh a bill through the chamber Thursday evening that would keep the government funded through mid-February. The "Schumer Shutdown", as GOP leaders are calling it, has been going for almost 40 hours now, since Friday night after the senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to keep the federal government funded. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were negotiating the spending bill when McConnell got a call from Speaker Ryan.

"Democrats are far more concerned with illegal immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our unsafe Southern Border".

"The Dems (Democrats) just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked".

"They need to rise above politics and vote to reopen the government", Stefanik said. "Talks will continue, but we have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable for both sides", Schumer said. The onus of ending the shutdown, he said, was on Senate Democrats, and he urged them to vote to reopen the government and then restart separate immigration negotiations.

But, Senate leaders have been wary of such a move in the past, as it could come back to haunt them the next time Democrats hold a majority.

During Saturday's House and Senate sessions - where no obvious progress was made - Democrats continued to argue that Republicans were the problem, since the GOP is in charge of the House, Senate and White House.

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"I think Senator McConnell, the majority leader, in the end will have much more say about how the Senate is run than the president should".

Trump, who had made strict measures on immigration a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, last week rejected a bipartisan proposal, saying he wanted to include any deal for Dreamers in a bigger legislative package that also boosts funding for a border wall and tighter security at the United States border with Mexico.

But he warned McConnell that he expected Republicans to make good on a pledge to address Democrat concerns over the Deferred Action on Child Arrivals (DACA) programme that shields immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation, but expires on March 5. The stopgap bill passed in the House on Thursday.

US President Donald Trump's top Senate Republican urged lawmakers Sunday to "step back from the brink" and fund the government, before a two-day shutdown extends into Monday and becomes far worse.

Senator Schumer returned the fire a little later, putting the entire blame on the White House and terming it a "Trump shutdown".

  • Adam Floyd