McConnell schedules procedural vote, with hours until a government shutdown

McConnell schedules procedural vote, with hours until a government shutdown

DC, USA - President Donald Trump and the Senate's top Democrat on Friday, January 19, both touted "progress" in 11th hour talks on breaking an impasse over spending, raising hopes that a US government shutdown could be averted.

"I mean you just have a President that is not leading and not getting people into a room and not shouting, and cajoling, and laughing, and having a good time, and having a bad time", he said.

Trump, of course, has held at least a couple of bipartisan meetings - for better or much, much worse. "Please do not shut the government down", said Sen.

Mr. Trump tweeted just before 9:30 p.m. Friday that it was "not looking good" and invoked the military and border security. "Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy". Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) ripped his Democratic counterparts on Friday, calling their threat "unfair and uncompassionate".

Hours before the shutdown, Trump had laid the entire blame at the doorstep of Democrats.

Republican leadership now is pushing for a short-term "continuing resolution" to keep the government open.

"We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements, " Schumer told reporters upon returning to Capitol Hill.

Although Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY to discuss the bill earlier Friday - at one point even appearing to reach an agreement - Schumer and the Oval Office ultimately failed to reach a consensus and that negotiation fell apart, the Times said. But most federal workers wouldn't be paid. It's unclear how a government shutdown would affect either party in this year's midterm elections in November. It was for more than a fortnight. So the American people handed Republicans "not only broader control of the House but a majority in the Senate for the first time in six years".

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said, "The president told him (Schumer) to go back and talk to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and work it out".

Trump, who was scheduled to fly down to Florida to spend his weekend in Mar-a-Lago, postponed his visit in view of an imminent government shutdown. "Going to the brink of a shutdown is exactly the opposite of what you would do for someone in one of the 2018 states". We are not going to weaponise it.

The House will likely stay in town to be ready to approve a last-minute stopgap government funding bill if the Senate can reach an agreement on the issue.

Giving an insight into the planning objective, Mulvaney said the military will still go to work; the border will still be patrolled; fire folks will still be fighting the fires; and the parks will be open.

As it stands, people in the military would remain on the job but be paid only through February 1. Fanny and Freddy will be open, the post office will be open, the Transportation Security Administration will be open, but again all of these people will be working for nothing, which is simply not fair, he said.

Those subplots look like a pact that Republicans will pass the two bills conservatives angled for ― the defense-only spending legislation and the immigration measure ― and then not cave when Congress hits the next government funding deadline. Mulvaney slammed the Democrats. They said the White House remained hopeful that a deal would be reached, arguing that Democrats would be blamed for a shutdown. "I really think the pressure is on the president, " he said.

"Sometimes it breaks my heart that these congressmen and senators won't even consider what I've done in the past, won't even consider the obstacles I've overcome, that we've all overcome", he said.

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