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government shut down at midnight after Congress failed to resolve a partisan standoff over immigration and spending.
In a late night vote, Senate Democrats joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running for another four weeks. A flurry of last minute negotiations failed to beat the deadline.
Democrats have tried to use the Friday night funding deadline to win concessions from Republicans, including an extension of an Obama era program protecting some young immigrants from deportation. The program is set to expire in March. Republicans sought more time for talks, but Democrats refused.
The shutdown is only the fourth government closure in a quarter century. It will only partially curb government operations. Uniformed service members, health inspectors, and law enforcement officers are set to work without pay.
Up to that point, Democrats largely held together to block the funding legislation, digging in on their insistence that the spending bill include protections for some 700,000 younger immigrants facing deportation.
After hours of heated closed door meetings and phone calls, including with the White House, the Senate scheduled its late night vote on a House passed plan. It failed by far to gain the 60 votes to break a Democratic filibuster, with a handful of red state Democrats crossing the aisle to support the measure and some Republicans voting in opposition.
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Even before the vote, Trump was pessimistic, tweeting, “Not looking good” and blaming the Democrats who he said actually wanted the shutdown “to help diminish the success” of the tax bill he and fellow Republicans pushed through last month.
The election year standoff marked a test of the president much vaunted deal making skills and of both parties political fortitude. Republicans, who control both Congress and the White House, faced the prospect of being blamed for the display of dysfunction just the fourth shutdown in a quarter century. It could also threaten to slow any GOP momentum after passage of the party signature tax law.
Democrats, too, risked being labeled obstructionist. Republicans branded the confrontation a “Schumer shutdown” and argued that Democrats were harming fellow Americans to protect “illegal immigrants.”
Not looking good for our great Military or Safety Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy.
Donald J. But the two New Yorkers, who pride themselves on their negotiating abilities, emerged without an agreement, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress continued to pass off responsibility.
“We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements,” Schumer said upon returning to Capitol Hill. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told CNN that “Not much has changed” over the course of the day, but he predicted a deal would be reached by Monday, when most government offices are to reopen after the weekend.
Democrats in the Senate had served notice they would filibuster a four week extension, the government wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening. They were seeking an even shorter extension that they think would keep the pressure on the White House to cut a deal to protect “dreamer” immigrants who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally before their legal protection runs out in March.
Trump described his discussion with Schumer as an “excellent preliminary meeting,” tweeting that lawmakers are “Making progress four week extension would be best!” But that optimism faded as the evening wore on.
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Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Trump told Schumer to work things out with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. McConnell did not attend the meeting because he was not invited, a Senate GOP aide said.
Trump had been an unreliable negotiator in the weeks leading up to the showdown. Earlier this week he tweeted opposition to the four week plan, forcing the White House to later affirm his support. He expressed openness to extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, only to reject a bipartisan proposal. His disparaging remarks about African and Haitian immigrants last week helped derail further negotiations.
Trump had been set to leave Friday afternoon to attend a fundraiser at his Palm Beach, Florida, estate marking the one year anniversary of his inauguration but delayed his travel.
“I think the president been very clear: he not leaving until this is finished,” Mulvaney told reporters.
On Capitol Hill, McConnell said Americans at home would be watching to see “which senators make the patriotic decision” and which “vote to shove aside veterans, military families and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage. until we pass an immigration bill.”
Across the Capitol, the House backed away from a plan to adjourn for a one week recess, meaning the GOP controlled chamber could wait for a last minute compromise that would require a new vote. But it wasn coming Friday night.
“We can keep kicking the can down the road,” said Schumer, insisting on more urgency in talks on immigration. “In another month, we be right back here, at this moment, with the same web of problems at our feet, in no better position to solve them.”