US Senate fails to approve funding

Senate Minority Leader Schumer speaks after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington

Senate Minority Leader Schumer speaks after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington

Schumer also proposed a shorter stop-gap measure, lasting just four or five days, to be used as a hard deadline on an agreement on government spending levels and DACA.

The blame game is already in full swing with neither party wishing to be held accountable for closing the government as midterm elections loom in November.

In a dramatic late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through February 16.

"Government Funding Bill past [sic] last night in the House of Representatives".

According to a report in The Guardian, federal law requires agencies to shut down if Congress has not appropriated money to fund them. That is true, but a handful of Senate Republicans are voting against this bill, too. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Illinois Democratic Sen.

Arizona Sen. John McCain sick and was absent for the vote.

Most Democrats opposed the bill because their efforts to include protections for hundreds of thousands of mostly young immigrants, known as Dreamers, were rejected by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders. Then the finger-pointing. Republicans are pushing the idea that Democrats are willing to vote against a spending bill over an unrelated issue: immigration.

Democrats accused Republicans of poisoning chances of a deal and pandering to Trump's populist base by refusing to fund a program that protects 700,000 "Dreamers" - undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children - from deportation.

Republicans blamed Democrats for angling for the DACA legislative fix over keeping the government open, using the hashtag #SchumerShutdown and launching an accompanying website focused on Schumer. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later termed the Democrats "obstructionist losers". Soon after Corker crossed over, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) crossed over to talk with McConnell.

On Capitol Hill, McConnell said Americans at home would be watching to see "which senators make the patriotic decision" and which "vote to shove aside veterans, military families and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage ... until we pass an immigration bill".

"I don't think anybody really knows what's going on", GOP Sen. "During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people", the White House said.

The US Senate has not approved the new funds necessary to finance the government ahead of midnight, and pushed the Donald Trump government towards a partial and indefinite shutdown. But no shutdown can be good for the American people. "A government shutdown was 100 percent avoidable, completely avoidable". "What has [the Democrats'] filibuster accomplished?" Trump set a March 5 deadline for Congress to pass legislation on this issue when he announced in September that he would revoke an Obama-era executive order protecting these immigrants from deportation.

National parks, museums, and monuments are typically closed under government shutdowns, although Interior Department spokesperson Heather Swifts said they will remain as accessible as possible.

The central dispute came over protections for undocumented migrants who were brought to the USA as children. They happened every year when Jimmy Carter was president, averaging 11 days each.

McConnell said the House bill provides for four weeks of funding, enough to allow talks to continue "without throwing the government into disarray for no reason". "The same chaos, the same disarray, the same division and discord on the Republican side that's been in the background of these negotiations for months unfortunately appears endemic". A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted earlier this week found 48% view Trump and congressional Republicans as mainly responsible for the situation while 28% fault Democrats.

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