Democrat and GOP leaders are already blaming each other for what’s about to happen as Washington D.C. is hurtling towards a government shutdown today.
With just hours remaining before the midnight deadline, there are few signs that an agreement is about to be reached. The Associated Press reported that as a shutdown looms, a partisan stare-down is taking place over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 800,000 younger immigrants from being deported back to their countries.
Democrats in the Senate have already said that they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening and his step could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown, but they point the finger at Republicans instead.
“They’re in charge. They’re not talking to us. They’re totally paralyzed and inept. There’s no one to negotiate with,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Friday.
Republicans meanwhile are arguing that it’s the Democrats who are holding the government hostage over demands to protect “dreamer” immigrants brought to the country as children and now here illegally. Trump’s White House has been trying to paint the impending action as the “Schumer shutdown,” but sources say the president has been working the phones trying to avert one.
The White House this morning announced that as the shutdown nears, Trump would not leave for a planned weekend trip to Florida. President had been planning to leave Friday afternoon to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration at his Palm Beach estate.
“Government Funding Bill past last night in the House of Representatives. Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate — but they want illegal immigration and weak borders. Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!” wrote Trump on Twitter today.
Government Funding Bill past last night in the House of Representatives. Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate – but they want illegal immigration and weak borders. Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2018
Mick Mulvaney a Budget Director stated that Trump has given Congress until March 5 to save the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protecting young immigrants, so “there is absolutely no reason to tie those things together right now.”