Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Trump's comments blaming Obama for 2013 government shutdown resurface

Trump's comments blaming Obama for 2013 government shutdown resurface

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and legislative affairs director Marc Short said Friday the administration is readying for a "Schumer shutdown", putting the blame squarely on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his fellow Democrats for obstructing a path to averting the imminent government shutdown.

"Excellent preliminary meeting in Oval with @SenSchumer - working on solutions for Security and our great Military", Mr. Trump tweeted after the sit-down. "But that will be a bill we can not support", 171 of 193 House Democrats wrote in a letter to Trump.

The Kentucky Republican says Senate Democrats will "own" the shutdown because they oppose a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for a month.

House Democrats gathered for lunch from We The Pizza on Friday to discuss strategy, bursting into spontaneous bouts of applause and cheers at time. "We made good progress and will continue".

Of course, in the age of Trump where each day seems to contain a year's worth of news cycles, it's hard to say how lasting the political fallout from a shutdown would be.

Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts on Thursday to round up the votes needed to pass a temporary extension in government funding and prevent a shutdown looming at week's end.

The chamber backed away from a plan to adjourn for a one-week recess Friday afternoon, meaning the GOP-controlled House could wait to see if a last-minute compromise would be reached requiring a new vote.

In the event the funding dries up, federal employees for agencies considered non-essential will be ordered to stay home until a budget deal is struck, at which point they are paid retroactively. Ed Markey (Mass.) on whether it is "hypocrisy " for Democrats to force a government shutdown over immigration reform after Sen.

Congress has been struggling for months to agree on long-term government funding levels but has been sidetracked by a dispute on immigration.

The immigration fight is over Democrats' demand that 700,000 young undocumented immigrants be protected from deportation. Many have been educated in the United States and know no other country.

In September, Mr Trump announced he was ending the programme and allowing Congress until March to come up with a replacement.

Leaders of both parties blamed each other for the showdown.

But in a bipartisan gesture he later invited Chuck Schumer, the top democrat in the Senate to a meeting in the White House.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and most legislation, including spending bills or an immigration deal, will require 60 votes for passage.

Still, 56% overall say approving a budget agreement to avoid a shutdown is more important than continuing the DACA program, while just 34% choose DACA over a shutdown. - President Donald Trump will once again make his way to Palm Beach County on Friday.

During his speech on the Senate floor that evening, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that the president is "not irrelevant" under the USA system of government, and Republicans still need to know what he wants in a DACA bill. But he said that, if one does happen, the impact will be less severe than in 2013. Talks on a budget deal to ease tight spending limits on both the Pentagon and domestic agencies are on hold, as is progress on a huge $80 billion-plus disaster aid bill.

"We'll be fine", Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, said.

"He's given lots of room to members to make decisions", said Durbin, adding that he's seeing signs that more red-state Democrats are leaning toward voting against the stop-gap.

"We have another six weeks to solve that problem".

"It's really nearly like amateur hour", she told reporters at her weekly news briefing. "We should take those two issues up in sequence". "In addition to strong Democratic opposition, at least three Republican senators have said they will not back the continuing resolution in its current form", Reuters reports.

A test vote on a filibuster by Senate Democrats appeared likely before the shutdown deadline of Friday at midnight.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has indicated he was leaning in favour of the stopgap measure.

Democrats add that if the government shuts down, the blame will fall on Republicans - who have unified control of Washington. The idea is to put pressure on negotiators to then cut deals on immigration, defense spending and non-defense funding by next week.

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