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Dems give up shutdown fight
February 19 2018, 08:06 | Irvin Gilbert
Dems give up shutdown fight
Minutes after 9 a.m. on the first workday since the U.S. Government shutdown, a lone Washington commuter rides up the subway escalator at the McPherson Square Metro station near the White House in downtown Washington January 22, 2018.
McConnell's commitment follows hours of behind-the-scenes talks between the leaders and rank-and-file lawmakers over how to end the two-day display of legislative dysfunction. "The congressional leaders tell me to negotiate with President Trump. This is his shutdown", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin told the CBS network. The issue of the children of illegal immigrants has been knocked down the road for about three weeks.
Trump and other Republicans said earlier on Sunday they would not negotiate immigration or other issues as long as all but essential government services remain shuttered.
McConnell's commitment on DACA was enough to win over SenateDemocrats who blocked a previous spending bill on Friday, triggering the shutdown.
The Senate vote came as most government offices cut back drastically or even closed on Monday, as the major effects of the shutdown were first being felt with the beginning of the workweek. Either way, it is largely being panned as a "cave", particularly since McConnell's assurances on an immigration vote are (a) largely procedural, and (b) aren't binding on the House or the White House.
The final vote tally in the Senate early Saturday morning was 50-49, with the majority of Democrats and a handful of Republicans voting against advancing the short-term spending bill. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey voted no, as did Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
McConnell has dismissed that option, saying Republicans will welcome the filibuster when they return to being the Senate minority.
"After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement". The White House said his planned trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week was in flux because of the standoff. "As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiation on immigration, we are going nowhere".
U.S. senate's Republican leadership will vote in noon to end the shutdown with a proposal to fund the federal government till February 8, as demanded by Democrats, and take up fate of undocumented immigrant brought as children later if not resolved by then. Democrat Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota said the vote might be delayed if senators need more time, but Republican John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said the noon vote was still on.
But Democrats are insisting that long-term funding legislation include protections for roughly 700,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S.as children - not just a vote on their status.
"To most Americans, those sound like fundamental responsibilities" of government, McConnell said.
It essentially takes away power from the minority party, and no one - Democrat or Republican - wants to be responsible for that (especially since the power in the Senate can flip with every election, including the upcoming midterms).
Federal employees received notices on Saturday about whether they were exempt from the shutdown, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said. "The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines", Schumer said.
Donald Trump said the Dems were forced to shutdown the government because they are "powerless".
The ad, posted on YouTube, focuses on the ongoing death penalty trial in Sacramento, California, of Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico accused of killing two local deputies in 2014.
"President Trump is right". Build the wall. Deport criminals.
If members are still unclear what Trump and White House officials want when it comes to DACA and a broader immigration overhaul bill, "then I think sometimes they're not paying attention", Sanders said.