"We had a long and detailed meeting", Schumer told reporters at the US Capitol after the meeting, which lasted more than an hour. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee voted against due to concerns about the adequacy of another CR in funding the government. Either way, you're probably wondering, did the government shut down? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program does not expire until March and yet Schumer and his fellow Democrats are refusing to fund the government for four weeks, insisting that DACA must be fixed immediately.
He lamented that Republicans had written their budget bill "in secret" and left Democrats out of the process, while not having a "real" discussion about budgetary spending caps and what to include in the domestic agenda.
The federal government remained on a path toward a shutdown Friday as the House prepared to adjourn and Senate Democrats rallied against a short-term spending bill that does not offer protections for young undocumented immigrants or address other priorities such as disaster relief. In addition to strong Democratic opposition, at least three Republican senators have said they will not back the resolution in its current form.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a key procedural vote Friday night on a plan to avert a government shutdown, but Republican leaders in the Senate were still scrambling to see if their proposal to fund the government had enough votes.
Arguing that Trump's predecessors "weaponized" that shutdown, Mulvaney said Friday the budget office would direct agencies to work to mitigate the impact this time. "I think we can get one in the next few days".
Last week, a bipartisan deal to help the Dreamers had seemed near (Democrats had agreed to provide additional funding for border security) but the President, in an instantly infamous Oval Office meeting, rejected it, grumbling about immigrants from "shithole" countries.
He said Democrats should take the blame for a shutdown for trying to link a non-financial issue (immigration) to the government's funding. Nearly two-thirds (63%) say dealing with the program should be an extremely or very high priority for Congress, narrowly ahead of the 61% who say the same about passing a long-term funding bill to avoid future shutdowns.
"The President stands ready to sign the bill but it appears Senate Democrats are entrenched on causing a government shutdown", he said.
"But again, all of these people will be working for nothing, which is simply not fair", Mulvaney noted.
This is not a big political victor for Chuck Schumer and the Democrats, and this explains why Joe Manchin says he would vote to keep the government open and Claire McCaskill sounded unenthusiastic about a government shutdown. There was no question, Durbin said, whom Americans would find responsible for a government shutdown; a year of Republican chaos had set the context. "That's what we do, we run the government, and we will run the government if a bill passes, we will run the government if a bill doesn't pass".
With hours to go before a midnight deadline for Congress to fund the government or shut it down, most Americans say avoiding a shutdown is more important than passing a bill to maintain the program allowing people brought to the USA illegally as children to stay, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. "So we'll all get blamed but mostly the Republican administration will get blamed - as they should".
"We will be prepared for all contingencies, including of a lapse" in funding, Nauert said.
"I know that congressional leaders feel extremely comfortable about the political position they're in here", he said.