'#DemocratShutdown': Trump Blames Democrats After Government Shutdown Takes Effect

  • '#DemocratShutdown': Trump Blames Democrats After Government Shutdown Takes Effect

'#DemocratShutdown': Trump Blames Democrats After Government Shutdown Takes Effect

Almost every Senate Democrat and a handful of Republicans voted to filibuster legislation that would have averted a government shutdown late Friday evening, after hours of backroom negotiations failed to produce a deal.

President Donald Trump says efforts to avert a government shutdown are "Not looking good".

Last week, President Donald Trump rejected a bipartisan Senate deal that would have accomplished that as well as hand the White House $2.7 billion in new money for immigration enforcement at America's borders.

Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement over government funding, stymied by the status of young immigrants who were part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Friday appeared to be no exception, as he summoned Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer to his office to talk about a deal for a continuing resolution to fund the government, but Schumer left without convincing the president to include protection for DACA recipients in the funding plan.

The shutdown comes exactly a year after Donald Trump took his oath as United States president. The proposal that failed in the Senate would have funded the government through February 16 and reauthorized the popular Children's Health Insurance Program for six years. President Trump has been rooting for a shutdown and now he's got it. Just 50 senators voted in favor of the bill.

Hovering over the government funding fight are November's congressional elections, in which one-third of the 100-member Senate and all 435 House seats are up for grabs as Republicans battle to keep control of both chambers.

Trump reportedly expressed to his aides that regardless of how the wheeling and dealing in Congress played out, he knew he'd likely get the blame. We're not going to try and hurt people, especially people having to work for this federal government.

Mulvaney did tell CNN this evening, though, he still thinks there's room for some kind of a deal if not by midnight tonight than at least by the end of the weekend.

MCEVERS: To talk about this, we are joined by NPR's Kelsey Snell, who is on Capitol Hill. But things fell apart during that profanity-laced meeting last week in the White House.

"The American people clearly want Congress to take care of veterans, combat the opioid crisis, ensure children have long-term access to health care, and protect Dreamers".

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY walked off the Senate floor together for further negotiations with minutes left before a possible government shutdown.

Federal employees deemed essential will be expected to report to work.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats were aiming to "hold the entire country hostage" by demanding that a "non-imminent problem" related to immigration be resolved immediately. The House of Representatives approved the bill Thursday with Republican-only votes.

"This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators", she said. Some say they're anxious that shutting down the government would just come off really terribly in places like North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri where Democrats are fighting very hard to hold onto Senate seats.