WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats help end the government shutdown.
Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for the government shutdown that began at midnight Friday.
“The Democrats in the Senate could end this shutdown today,” Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney said.
(Reuters) – As midnight neared on Friday and the U.S. government barreled toward a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats sought to apportion blame for the deadlock with a battle of social media hashtags.
Just a day into a government shutdown, neither side is prepared to blink.
Even by Washington’s standards, the sequence of busted negotiations, partisan dysfunction, and blame games that shut down the federal government at midnight on Friday was baffling.
If the government does indeed shut down at midnight, a bar on Capitol Hill will offer — what else — shutdown cocktails.
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said he and President Donald Trump “made some progress” during their White House meeting Friday afternoon, but added, “a good number of disagreements” remain and discussions on a spending bill will continue. (Jan. 19)
With hours to go before a midnight deadline for Congress to fund the government or shut it down, most Americans say avoiding a shutdown is more important than passing a bill to maintain the program allowing people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
President Donald Trump’s approval rating ticked up to 40%, matching his highest mark since last April but still the lowest for any elected president at the one-year mark since modern public opinion polling began, according to the latest CNN poll conducted by SSRS.