Government shutdown looms over USA working week

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney right listens as Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short speaks with reporters in the White House briefing room about a possible government shutdown Friday Jan. 19 2018 in Washington

Many of them anxious that it fell short of their demands to reach a deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE or at least a promise from Republicans to attach immigration legislation to a must-pass bill. But the Trump administration said Saturday it will not discuss the immigration issue until the government reopens. But Short also said "a real security threat" remains on the southern US border with Mexico, with Trump demanding funding for a wall to thwart further illegal immigration. "We now enter Day 2 of the first real government shutdown ever to take place when one party controlled the presidency, the House, and the Senate", said Schumer. "The president must take yes for an answer". The intervening period could also provide multiple opportunities for conflict within the GOP over immigration policy, and for more unusual and erratic behavior from the White House.

Trump and other Republicans said earlier on Sunday they would not negotiate immigration or other issues as long as all but essential government services remain shuttered. "Schumer and the Democrats hold the government for millions of Americans and our troops hostage".

A USA government shut down will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach a deal late on Sunday on Democrats' demand for legislation protecting "Dreamers", young people brought to the country illegally as children.

Support for the bill was uncertain after Republicans and Democrats spent the weekend trying to strike a deal, only to go home for the night short of an agreement.

Republicans in turn said they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats gave them the votes needed to reopen the government.

Trump's first tweet appeared to undercut comments by his legislative affairs director, Marc Short, who told CNN that the immigrants in question are law-abiding and "productive to our society".

Trump has staked his political fortunes on taking a hard line on immigrants, painting them as criminals and scroungers.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already said he isn't going to change the Senate rules in order to pass legislation.

"Now that the government is re-opening, Congress can get back to work advancing the President's agenda that is Making America Great Again!" "As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiation on immigration, we are going nowhere".

"I know that sometimes members like Senator Schumer need a little help and guidance getting through big policy negotiations like that", she smirked.

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"After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. This political Catch-22, never seen before, has driven our government to dysfunction".

"You can authorize here left and right - it's appropriating the money that makes a difference", Mulvaney said.

"I think they miscalculated on the shutdown", Cornyn said.

The Senate will vote at noon on Monday on whether to cut off a Democratic filibuster of legislation to end the government shutdown.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against President Donald Trump's calls to end Senate filibusters. "Today would be a good day to end it all".

As part of any immigration deal, Democrats want protections for the almost 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT appeared on MSNBC on Monday and said he had "zero confidence" that Ryan will bring legislation to shield the Dreamers. Lindsey Graham and Kentucky Sen.

He blamed the President for reneging on a near-deal that Mr Schumer said the two men had approached during a White House meeting on Friday.

Even some Republicans are complaining about the White House's role in the negotiations, though they have pinned the blame not on Trump but on the staff around him.

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