Despite 11th-hour meetings between President Donald Trump and leaders of both parties in Congress, efforts to avert a government shutdown have failed. A sticking point was the status of over 700,000 illegal immigrants.
At midnight, as Friday turned to Saturday, the federal government closed its doors. Lawmakers, however, continued discussions on the Senate floor. The House remains in recess, awaiting a call from the chair. The likelihood of a deal to be reached remains to be seen.
“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” the White House said in a statement shortly before midnight. “Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”
When there was just 1 hour and 45 minutes of federal funding remaining late Friday night, the Senate fell short of the necessary 60 votes to limit debate on the continuing resolution (CR) that would temporarily provide the government spending power until February 16.'
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