Dems align on plan to fund gov't, end shutdown


Earlier in the day, Director of Office of Management of Budget Mick Mulvaney told reporters that efforts are being made to have the government shutdown less impactful than it was in 2013.

Democrats think they have a strong case for DACA after Trump's highly-publicized racist tirade in which he called some countries "shitholes" and complained about taking immigrants from countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations.

The government shutdown will continue into Monday.

"The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens". The House passed the 30-day spending bill Thursday night. The measure gained 50 votes to proceed to 49 against, but 60 were needed to break a Democratic filibuster. Schumer claimed that Democrats were willing to compromise with the White House on a U.S. -Mexico border wall in exchange for DACA protection policies.

Ryan said such a bill could pass in the House.

The Trump administration said it would not discuss immigration until the government is up and running again.

While leaders from both parties have expressed a desire to protect DACA recipients, progress has been minimal toward a deal to permanently solve the issue.

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

The shutdown cast a huge shadow over the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration as president and highlighted deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said he's "enormously optimistic" that there is a pathway to stop the shutdown. Sen. He did tweet, making light of the timing by saying Democrats "wanted to give me a nice present" to mark the start of his second year in office.

"Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border", the president wrote. Dick Durbin and GOP Sen.

"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown", she declared, referring to the minority leader, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who met with Trump earlier Friday.

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Trump did not speak with any Democratic senators over the weekend.

"We need a good bipartisan agreement that allows us to get a good defense number, get a good non-defense number, get a vote on the Dreamers bill and get that done, and deal with the disasters, too", Schumer said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said blamed Mr. Trump, at least partially, for the failure to reach a deal.

Short compared Democrats' actions to "a 2-year-old temper tantrum".

Graham urged Democrats to take the deal.

Essential services will still run but famous sites such as the Statue of Liberty have already been affected.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tweeted a photo of him talking to students at the World War II Memorial in Washington, blocks from the White House.

Essential services and military activity will continue but many public sector workers will be sent home without wages and even serving soldiers will not be paid until a deal is reached to reopen the U.S. government.

The vote comes several hours after the workday for hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees was supposed to have begun, and comes three days after the government officially shut down Friday at midnight.

"But most Americans won't see a difference", Mulvaney said.

Democrats had tried to get concessions from Republicans, particularly on the extension of the immigration programme protecting young immigrants from deportation, which is set to expire in March.