President Trumps Calls Shutdown Politics a ‘Present’ from Democrats

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President Trump seemed to relish the idea of a government shutdown, as he joked in a tweet about the Senate stalemate being a ‘present’ from the Democrats.
Last night (Friday), the Senate reached an impasse after attempting to pass a bill that would keep funds flowing to government agencies. The bill failed to pass by a vote of 50 to 49. Sixty votes were needed to pass the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and four Republicans voted against the bill while five Senate Democrats for the temporary spending measure.
The funding bill, which was passed the day before by the House, would have kept the government funded through February 16. No funding means that thousands of federal employees will be placed on temporary unpaid leave.
“Democrats are far more concerned with illegal immigration than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border,” tweeted the President. “They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) shot back saying “a Trump shutdown will serve as a perfect encapsulation for the chaos he has unleashed.”
In September, Trump had ended an executive order signed by former President Obama known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Senate Democrats insisted that a provision to restore DACA be included in the must-pass spending bill which failed last night. Republicans reject the idea of including DACA in the spending bill leaving Democrats to vote against it for not including measures which would protect undocumented immigrants who arrived with their parents as children.
GOP senators announced early Saturday morning that a vote on a legislative action for DACA would take place on February 8.
It is hoped that this concession will bring both parties back to the floor to pass a bill to stop the government shutdown.

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