Trump Slams Senate Democrats in Tweet as Government Shutdown Looms

Saturday, 20 Jan, 2018

President Donald Trump heaped pressure on Democrats on Friday to yield in an acrimonious funding showdown that threatens to shut down the USA government when money runs out at midnight - a year to the day after the Republican president took office.

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus largely backed the measure, after spending much of the day in negotiations with the White House and GOP leaders over concerns about military funding levels and the larger debate between the White House and Capitol Hill over immigration reform.

The House is slated to vote on a short-term spending bill later today, though the outcome is still uncertain. Because of Senate rules, such opposition would make it impossible to get through the chamber. "I think we're ratcheting it up now".

A Quinnipiac survey released Thursday found that 34 percent of Americans would blame Democrats for a shutdown, 32 would blame congressional Republicans and 21 percent would blame Trump.

"A minimal function of Congress is to fund the government", Shah told reporters aboard Air Force One. As Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said last August, "there will be no excuses and nobody else's fault but the Republican Party if this government does shut down".

Any losses this early in the year could be regained later, Bovino said. "We made good progress and will continue". "The discussions will continue". This impasse has raised serious "questions about the GOP's capacity - one year into the Trump administration - to govern", says The Washington Post. "Schumer and the president told him to go back and talk to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and work it out", Cornyn said.

"I think it's ratcheted up".

A police officer stands guard outside the White House in Washington D.C., the Unite States, on December 6, 2017. But bipartisan congressional negotiations with the White House faltered last week, prompting Republican leaders to begin pushing for the passage of a stopgap measure to fund the government through February 16. "The National Mall is operated by the National Park Service and there are many other National Service Park properties throughout Washington, DC. we will step in and ensure litter and trash are picked up along the National Mall to keep nation's front yard clean of debris".

House Republican leaders scrambled on Thursday evening to lock down votes for the funding bill in the hours leading up to the floor vote before drama shifted towards the Senate.

Trump, on the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration, said in a morning tweet that Democrats were holding up a resolution over the immigration issue. Among them: a feeling that Trump's stunning comment in a private meeting last week calling for less immigration from "shithole" countries in Africa has put the onus on Republicans to show sympathy for the "Dreamers" — the roughly 700,000 young people brought to the USA illegally as children. House Speaker Paul Ryan immediately summoned reporters to try to pin the blame on top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY.

"If we can't agree, your party has the majority in the House and the Senate to pass your own funding resolution".

"The reality is Republicans are united in keeping the government open". "I mean, problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top and the president's the leader". The federal government is operating on a third temporary funding measure since the new fiscal year began in October.

But not everyone is on board.

Neither party wants to be held responsible for a federal shutdown with U.S. midterms elections looming in November.

"CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!" Tom Cotton said. "I support what the House passed yesterday".

Liberals were in uproar when Mr Trump past year ordered the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme, which shielded Dreamers from deportation, to end this March. Leaders of both parties in the House and the Senate continue to meet to discuss a path forward on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, but a deal by Friday seems unlikely. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in Los Angeles on January 3, 2018.

In September, Trump announced he was ending the programme and giving Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative replacement. But last week, he rejected a bipartisan Senate deal, saying it did not do enough to stop illegal immigration and close a visa lottery program.

The House passed the bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), in a 230-197 vote. But Senate Democrats and a handful of Republican senators have signaled they may oppose the measure. "But I am absolutely not going to be a party to shutting down the government". Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Jeff Flake of Arizona have indicated they will oppose it. John McCain of Arizona is out of Washington dealing with health issues.