Here's How Long the US Government Shutdown Will Last

Here's How Long the US Government Shutdown Will Last

But a top Democratic leadership aide disputed Cornyn's assertion and said unless Republicans make significant changes to their offer, Democrats will likely reject it when the vote comes. Others regretted giving up the leverage they believed they had in the government spending talks.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the legislation brought forth by Republican Sens. Democrats began the year hopeful that Trump, who has expressed sympathy for the young immigrants, would be willing to make a big deal.

Democrats set a meeting Monday morning to hear from Schumer on the specifics of what is being proposed. We should be prepared to stay in shutdown mode as long as it takes. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said Sunday on MSNBC.

The 22 senators, organized by Collins, emerged from their second day of talks and marched their proposal to Schumer and McConnell. He declared that McConnell's statement was a "commitment" and warned the GOP leader to "abide by this agreement" or else risk breaching the trust of lawmakers in both parties.

The two leaders huddled in private, on neutral territory behind the Senate chamber, to discuss the proposal. The shutdown officially started at midnight ET, Saturday. They didn't leave with a deal, according to Schumer's spokesman, Matt House, but the standoff seemed to have softened slightly.

McConnell said the Senate will vote on a bill to reopen the government through February 8 at noon Monday, canceling a planned vote at 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) Monday. Thirty-four percent thought renewing DACA was more important than preventing a shutdown. "That's the best you can hope for - not to be looked at as the dumbest guy in the room - or gal", Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C.

Representatives from those talks briefed leaders Sunday afternoon, but the suspense dragged out for almost six hours before McConnell made his announcement.

So far, Trump, McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have refused to consider Democrats' demands until there is a bipartisan agreement to reopen the federal government.

"For the White House and the leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress to blame Dreamers, young people who have done everything this country has asked of them, for the government shutdown is a new low", said Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico Democrat and chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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Bowser also said the city plans to help the federal government maintain the National Mall. Dick Durbin, Ill., the Senate minority whip. He declined to predict whether the government would be funded by Monday night. She did not mention Trump's speaking with any Democrats but said White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short had been in touch with members of both parties and updated the president. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the deal did not secure an immediate vote on immigration tied to reopening the government, but lawmakers were seeking "an agreement that we would proceed to immigration". "Today would be a good day to end it". "I think that it certainly went much smoother than it has in the past, but also the president was putting pressure and standing firm on exactly what he was willing to do and what he wasn't". "Let's get it done".

Foreign travel by president is not forbidden by the shutdown, however, and canceling the Davos trip would be Trump's choice.

The White House defended Trump's hands-off approach to the negotiations, one out of character for a president who made his reputation as the master of "The Art of the Deal", as he titled one of his books. We Democrats are at the table, ready to negotiate.

Some of those senators met with Schumer Sunday morning and urged a compromise to end the shutdown.

In the weeks leading up to the shutdown, the Republican-held House passed a bill that would have cut funding for the health care law while keeping the government open through December 15.

While Schumer has a promise for a debate on the Senate floor if no deal is reached, there is no guarantee that the House would even vote for an immigration bill approved by the Senate.

Furloughed staff will still be expected to report to duty on Monday, the White House said in a contingency plan posted to its website Friday.

Instead, it was Vice President Pence, half a world away on a Middle East tour, speaking to the troops and to the American people about what the shutdown means.

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