Trump Suggests Senate ‘Nuclear Option’ if Government Shutdown Persists

The action set up further votes on the funding bill in the Senate and House before sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Mr Schumer said the three-day shutdown was expected to end in a few hours.

There are still major outstanding disagreements between the two sides, including how much to raise budget caps on defense vs. nondefense spending, and how much to spend on disaster aid and the opioid crisis. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, another previous no-vote, announced he would vote in favour of reopening the government Monday.

Meanwhile, Collins said she was hosting almost two dozen senators in her office, with Sens.

Lawmakers were mindful that the political stakes would soar Monday morning, when thousands of federal workers would be told to stay home or, in many cases, work without pay. It didn’t appear that by Sunday afternoon either of them had said they’d stop taking paycheck during the shutdown.

“We all know what the problem is – it is complete disarray on the Republicans’ side”, he said. “That’s why negotiations haven’t gotten anywhere”.

Whether Republicans can find compromise on immigration remained as uncertain as ever Sunday, with no clear backing from House Republican leaders or President Trump, who showed no sign of retreating from his hard line on immigration.

There is a vote scheduled for Monday at 1 a.m. on a slightly shortened spending bill – for three weeks instead of four. Wallace then ran a video clip to back up his criticism of the White House over Mulvaney’s comments during the last shutdown.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Monday and conducted Thursday and Friday – before the federal government shut down at midnight Friday – found that 41 percent of voters said they would fault Republicans in Congress for the shutdown, compared to 36 percent who said they would fault Democrats.

“That’s how we got here: President Trump very famously in a vulgar exchange more than ten days ago now rejected a strong bipartisan deal that would have moved us forward”, Sen.

With Republicans controlling just 52 seats in the 100-member Senate, they need Democratic support to reach the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.

I believe we have 7 Republicans and 7 Democrats on that effort now.

The FCC was among the agencies that did not have to shut down given that it had enough funds to continue for at least a week.

“Let’s fund the government for a full month so we can actually get something done” and negotiate other issues including immigration, he said.

Mr McConnell said: “The American people can not begin to understand why the Senate Democratic leader thinks the entire government should be shut down until he gets his way on illegal immigration”. “It’s scary”, Noelle Joll, a 50-year-old furloughed United States government employee, told AFP in Washington. “The truth is the president is committed to this general perspective on immigration, and Miller and Kelly are there to help him implement what he always wanted to do”, said Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for immigration restrictions.

Democrats opposed the short-term spending bill because it did not include protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, or “DREAMers”, and also did not address a broad array of other domestic spending priorities.

Playing blame game over shutdown springs both parties in the hot seat