Trump Blames Democrats For Shutdown Despite GOP Control Of Congress

Trump Blames Democrats For Shutdown Despite GOP Control Of Congress

Kenneth Drake
January 21, 2018

The federal government entered a partial shutdown at midnight after the Senate failed to pass a funding bill. If they want Democratic votes top help keep the government open, the spending bill should be negotiated to reflect some Democratic priorities. A handful of Republicans have also said they will not vote for the month-long spending bill.

As the nation inched closer to the first government shutdown since 2013, the New York Times figured out who to blame: Democrats.

But most federal workers will not be paid.

More than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed during the last United States government shutdown which lasted more than two weeks in 2013.

"We're not familiar with anything in this CR that Democrats are opposing", he said.

"But as of tonight, due to a completely avoidable government shutdown, they'll stand their post without pay". We are not going to weaponize it. McConnell and Schumer insisted they were still committed to finding an agreement that restores government funding as soon as possible. US Postal Services would be working. The previous shutdown before that was for 21 days that ended on January 6, 1996.

That apparently wasn't enough, despite Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency.

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Most Democrats opposed the bill because their efforts to include protections for hundreds of thousands for the young immigrants known as Dreamers failed.

He was forced to cancel his weekend trip to Florida where he was planning to celebrate his year as president at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Now, it's Democrats who are threatening to shut it down.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went to the White House Friday to chat with the president about ways to avoid a government shutdown.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at the vote and said the shutdown was the result of a "cynical decision by the Democrats". "We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands".

But since Senate Democratic votes are needed to pass a spending bill, the party has leverage and lawmakers are demanding that any legislation allow the dreamers to stay. "When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders, we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform".

"The reality is that this is not about policy, it's about politics", White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said at an emergency press conference on Friday. A last-minute meeting between the president and Sen.