Government shutdown heads into day two with divides deepening

Government shutdown heads into day two with divides deepening

A similar email gives an auto reply sent to those White House staffers who are not working due to the shutdown. Top aide Dan Pfeiffer likened the shutdown caucus to terrorists with a "bomb strapped to their chest".

Democrats have demanded protection from deportation of more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the USA as children. "A government shutdown was 100 percent avoidable, completely avoidable". Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on ABC's "This Week". This is the result of a confused, chaotic White House. Getting a bill through the Senate requires 60 votes and therefore some Democratic buy-in, because there are 51 Republicans in the Senate - but five Republicans voted against the House bill as well. Lindsey Graham of SC, who is calling for a continuing resolution that would fund the government through February 8 in exchange for a vote on immigration.

Republicans and Democrats appeared to harden their positions on Sunday (Jan 21) as both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a USA government shutdown in its second day.

Remaining in D.C. because of the shutdown, Trump has had no public appearances or interviews although the White House said he had spoken with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Tex. and was consulting with Cabinet members about the impact of the shutdown on government agencies.

"There shouldn't be a shutdown, but there is", Trump said in a video recorded for showing at the event, according to a person who saw the footage. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said President Trump's grade for his first year in office was a "big fat failure F". Passing this bill would extend CHIP for six years.

Overall, the use of the filibuster has dropped during Trump's administration.

Democrats' wrath could not be contained.

Sen. Leahy is Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "I can't answer that question directly", he said.

Even though I love our grossly inflated and bureaucratically hampered government, I do think it is time Republicans and Democrats alike suffer shutdown consequences from their voters.

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Clinton agreed to a seven-year balanced budget timeline and workers furloughed during the shutdown were given back pay . How many workers were furloughed? That's not to say that these agencies won't have to furlough some of their workforce.

"Unfortunately we can not answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate".

There were some dissident voices inside both parties.

"How can you negotiate with the president under those circumstances where he agrees face-to-face to move forward with a certain path and then within two hours calls back and pulls the plug?" said Sen. She added that border crossings are increasing.

In his tweet Sunday, Trump pushed for an end to a Senate filibuster now blocking a vote on the budget.

Mulvaney isn't apologizing for the shutdown tactics he employed in 2013, saying he opposed that year's stopgap spending measure because it funded agencies that were implementing "Obamacare".

But it can't garner 60 votes in the Senate because it doesn't include DACA.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters White House budget director Mick Mulvaney holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 19, 2018. For many members of Congress, it was about making sure the opposing party would shoulder blame for the shutdown, which was either the "Schumer shutdown" or the "Trump shutdown", depending on the party affiliation of the lawmaker. "We made some progress, but we still a have a good number of disagreements". Cloture was only invoked 77 times during Trump's first year in office, down from a high of 187 during President Barack Obama's 7th year in office.

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins said a group of as many as 22 senators were discussing alternatives, though the details were "in flux".

At least three Republican senators have said they will not back the resolution in its current form.