On the primary anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the federal government has shut down and Congress is seemingly no nearer to getting it again up and working, with each Republicans and Democrats refusing to blink of their staredown.
Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Saturday for an unsure day after they blew previous the midnight deadline to maintain the federal government funded. Whereas Democrats and Republicans have spent the final a number of hours attempting to hoist the blame on one another for the shutdown, no clear plan on the best way to really finish it has emerged.
“There are numerous compromises being bandied about,” Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer stated at a press convention on Saturday afternoon. “I’m at all times prepared to take heed to compromises about the best way to get this finished, however at this level we really feel very, very strongly concerning the points … and we really feel the American individuals are on our facet.”
Within the meantime, members of Congress are milling across the Hill with their fingers within the air, looking for phrases to explain the scenario. “It’s ludicrous,” stated Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat, as he left the Home flooring on Saturday.
The federal government shut down at midnight Saturday after the Senate didn’t move a spending invoice majority of Democrats opposed. The stop-gap funding measure that might have stored the federal government working by way of Feb. 16 handed by way of the Home on Thursday with largely Republican assist. The invoice additionally included a six-year reauthorization of the Kids’s Well being Insurance coverage Program, which supplies medical insurance for kids of low-income households, to be able to appeal to Democratic votes. However Democrats withheld their assist, saying they’d not assist Republicans get the 60 votes they wanted to maneuver the invoice ahead except Republicans agreed to barter on immigration, amongst different points.
Particularly, Democrats need to tie to no matter invoice they use to re-open the federal government to a deal to save lots of DACA — the Obama-era program that protects kids of undocumented immigrants from deportation — which Trump has set to run out in March.
Schumer went to the White Home earlier than the federal government shut down on Friday to attempt to attain a take care of Trump himself. Schumer instructed reporters Saturday he had agreed to assist much more funding for the navy than the White Home had requested and had put the president’s long-promised southern border wall “on the desk” at Trump’s insistence. When pressed on the dedication, Schumer didn’t say how a lot he had agreed to contemplate spending on the wall.
“I reluctantly put his wall request for the southern border on the desk, it was his request,” Schumer stated.
After the assembly, Schumer stated that they had made “progress,” however there was no deal. Trump, in the meantime, has been pointing the finger at Democrats for the shutdown this weekend.
Whereas no clear subsequent step is clear, lawmakers have choices. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake instructed BuzzFeed Information on Saturday that Senate Republicans had dedicated to place a bipartisan DACA invoice to a vote throughout last-minute Friday-night negotiations, no matter whether or not President Trump says he helps it. Hypothetically, if Home Speaker Paul Ryan makes the identical dedication — which senators stated he refused to do on Friday night time — Democrats would possibly assist a shorter-term spending invoice that might preserve the federal government open till Feb. eight.
Home Republicans emerged from an all-members assembly Saturday morning indicating they might assist the three-week non permanent funding invoice proposed by Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell on Friday night time. However they refused to tie any such persevering with decision to a dedication to contemplate laws to guard DACA recipients.
The White Home additionally stated Saturday they’d settle for a three-week invoice that expires on Feb. eight, however stated that immigration ought to solely be handled after federal funding is reinstated.
Home Democratic leaders held their very own press convention Saturday morning wherein Minority Chief Nancy Pelosi reiterated that her caucus would assist a unbroken decision if lawmakers got here to an settlement on spending caps and immigration.
Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed Information and is predicated in Washington, DC.
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