Trump, Schumer meeting hours ahead of shutdown deadline

Trump, Schumer meeting hours ahead of shutdown deadline

Despite last-minute efforts to forge a compromise, Senate Democrats blocked a stopgap spending bill Friday that punctuated President Donald Trump's first year in office with a government shutdown.

President Donald Trump admitted Friday that chances were "not looking good" that 11th-hour talks in Congress would break an impasse over spending and avert a U.S. government shutdown.

The GOP-controlled House passed a spending bill Thursday to fund the government through February 16, which also included an extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. Federal agencies across the country will be closed and hundreds of thousands of government employees will stop being paid-mostly due to disagreement over a policy fix the majority of the American public wants.

The apparent congressional paralysis risked overshadowing the first anniversary of President Trump's inauguration and capped off a year defined at times by chaos and frustration from both the White House and congressional Republicans despite their unified control of Washington. "Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans", Sanders said.

A shutdown would be an embarrassment for Republicans, who control the levers of power in the capital.

"President Trump, if you are listening, I am urging you: please take yes for an answer", Schumer said on Friday.

"The American people certainly expect to see some keep of activity take place", Gardner said. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Illinois Democratic Sen.

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He quoted Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) during the last government shutdown in 2013, when the Senate Minority Leader said that even passion about one issue shouldn't lead to holding millions of people hostage. And then seamlessly shifted to proclaiming that he didn't want to point fingers at anyone. Democrats wanted to force through protections from deportation for 700,000 "dreamers" who had previously been covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme. According to the New York Times, Schumer thought he had coaxed Trump into agreeing to a three- to four-day extension of funding, which would include money for disaster relief and health-care provisions, to enable sides to reach a more long-lasting deal.

Commenting on the shutdown, the White House has released a harsh statement, slamming the Democratic Party as "obstructionist losers, not legislators".

However, the Democrats conditioned their support for the funding bill, on that Trump and the Republicans agree to regularise almost 800,000 undocumented youth known as "dreamers".

"I'm not going home if the government shuts down", said Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson. That is true, but a handful of Senate Republicans are voting against this bill, too. He said the only reason for the shutdown was Democrats' "shoehorning of illegal immigration into this debate" even though "there is a lot of sympathy in this body for doing something for the DACA kids" with a legislative deadline that "doesn't even ripen until March".

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding measure on Thursday.

Democrats are blaming Republicans and President Donald Trump for the government shutdown. The last government shutdown lasted for 16 days in October 2013.

In his turn, US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said that Trump is to blame for the shutdown as he had offered to "put the Border Wall on the table" during the discussion with the president, but that was not enough for the POTUS to make a deal. "But we still need Congress to appropriate the funds", he said.

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