Americans awoke Saturday to learn that quarreling politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Congress has scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure. West Virginians will not forget that Republicans shut down the federal government.
Trump and Republicans said Democrats insisted on authorization of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created to block deportation of younger people brought into the country illegally by their parents. While I voted for this continuing resolution because I refuse to support a government shutdown, it doesn't mean I believe this should be the way we govern.
The White House and Capitol Hill will be working with skeleton staffs, but some government agencies, like the Environmental Protection Agency, have said they were able to shift funding around to keep most workers on the job.
Trump admitted Friday that chances were "not looking good" that 11th-hour talks in Congress would break an impasse over spending and avert a U.S. government shutdown.
The closure began at the start of a weekend, so numerous immediate effects will be muted for most Americans. Governing this way is unsafe to our national security and embarrassing for both political parties.
Early Saturday morning, Schumer said he offered terms to Trump that he thought could result in a deal, even yielding on including funding for the president's proposed barrier on the U.S. -Mexico border. A fifth Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, voted "no" too, but only as part of a parliamentary maneuver to make it easier to bring another bill to the floor. Social Security and most other safety net programs should be unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority. Critics would have hammered him for attending such an event while government workers were being put on leave and many government services curtailed.
The Republican National Committee has promoted the hashtag #SchumerShutdown, referring to Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE (D-N.Y.), while Democrats have placed blame on Trump with #TrumpShutdown.
Democratic lawmakers pointed out that this is the first government shutdown to take place at a time when one party controls the White House and both chambers of Congress. Republicans are holding Democrats responsible after they declined to provide the votes needed to overcome a filibuster over their desire to force the passage of legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.
Republicans have blamed Democrats for the shutdown.
Citing upcoming races in November to determine control of Congress, Trump said, "that is why we need to win more Republicans in 2018 Election!"
The two New Yorkers, who pride themselves on their negotiating abilities, started talking over cheeseburgers about a larger agreement that would have included greater military spending and money for a Southern border wall. The Office of Management and Budget estimated that roughly 850,000 employees were furloughed per day at the peak of the shutdown. Trump denied using that language but the controversy poisoned negotiations. Five conservative state Democrats voted for the spending measure. His disparaging remarks about African and Haitian immigrants last week helped derail further negotiations. By then, though, it was too late to avert a shutdown before the midnight deadline, and one went into effect while the senators were still talking. "Even though President Trump seemed to like an outline of a deal in the room, he did not press his party in Congress to accept it". At the time, Trump told "Fox & Friends" that the ultimate blame for a shutdown lies at the top.