Schumer Reports 'Some Progress' After Meeting With Trump

Pauline Gross
January 21, 2018

Trump tweeted that the meeting was "excellent", but by Friday evening, negotiations had appeared to have broken down entirely in the Senate. Funding for the government runs out at midnight, if Congress fails to pass a spending deal. "So we'll all get blamed but mostly the Republican administration will get blamed - as they should".

In a dramatic late-night session, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell left voting open despite appearing to fall well short of the 60 votes needed to keep alive legislation that would fund the government through February 16.

Schumer did not address reporters as he left the building.

The Republican-controlled Senate's bid to avert a U.S. government shutdown is teetering on the brink of collapse as it races against a midnight deadline.

As the government shutdown inches closer and closer, lawmakers are busy pointing fingers at who's to blame for the impasse.

The House recessed on Friday for a week-long break, but members were warned they could be called back for votes.

A spokeswoman for Stabenow said the senator is "focused on working with Republicans and Democrats to reach a long-term solution on government funding and believes that kicking the can down the road is hurting MI and is no way to do business". (GOP women also are 13 points less apt to say they'd blame the Democrats.) Further, 38 percent of independent men would blame the Republican side, but 55 percent of independent women say they'd do so.

A GOP aide said McCarthy won't attend the World Economic Forum in Davos if the government shuts down.

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly deplored that he did not know what kind of funding legislation the President would support and anxious that the Senate was "spinning our wheels".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted Republican leadership as he entered his Capitol office.

Burnett then played a clip of an October 2013 interview on ABC's "This Week" where Schumer derided the concept of the immigration issue causing a government shutdown.

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He said Democrats should take the blame for a shutdown for trying to link a non-financial issue (immigration) to the government's funding.

"He didn't weigh in until right before the (House) vote", the source said, describing it as "annoying". Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, said federal parks will continue to be open during the shutdown, but employees won't be paid and trash will not be picked up. "Failing to support this legislation will harm our military readiness, shut down the government, and prove the prior social media posts and statements made by Senator Stabenow to be nothing more than a political ploy".

Republicans are blaming all the drama on the Democrats, but polls say the American people will blame President Donald Trump!

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence still plans to fly to the Middle East for meetings there, as planned. He said he was "handicapping it" between 50 and 60 percent.

President Donald Trump will not leave for a weekend at his Palm Beach estate unless a government shutdown is averted.

Trump dodged any talk of a shutdown during a Rose Garden rally with anti-abortion leaders on Friday afternoon, though he highlighted his looming anniversary.

Thirty-one percent of respondents said they would blame Democrats, and 10 percent said they would blame all three.

Can it pass the Senate?

He adds: "Shutdown coming?"

Make no mistake about it: Senate Democrats are the only ones standing in the way of a fully funded government and a reauthorized health insurance program for children. He expressed openness to extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, only to reject a bipartisan proposal.

The Congress is discussing immigration reform legislation and a long-term budget deal which will set a spending framework for fiscal year 2018 and 2019.

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