Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet vote yes to end government shutdown

The visitor center is currently closed for the season, but Mike Shymanski, president of the Historic Pullman Foundation, says that any of the work that was being done on planning, designing and developing contracts for the new exhibits is now at a standstill. Hence, we are in a Trump shutdown.

That makes Republican talking points - that this is a Democratic shutdown - pretty hard to believe.

The bill needed 60 votes to pass a procedural hurdle in the 100-member Senate, meaning Republicans - who have a one-seat majority - could not maneuver on their own.

Republicans now control the chamber 51-49. If Schumer lets roughly seven Democratic Senators switch sides, then McConnell's three-week budget stopgap plan would go to the House for approval.

McConnell has long defended the filibuster.

At least one Republican dissenter indicated on Sunday that he would support the bill.

"We don't want to use the troops as hostages", he said.

Trump has made repeated calls this year to end that rule, and did it again Sunday in a tweet.

The hope is that if the Senate passes an immigration bill, Trump would not only support it but help sell it to the more conservative House of Representatives.

U.S. senators are attempting to agree on a bill to fund the government, which is in its second day of shutdown. The shutdown lasted 16 days and furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal workers. "A lot worse. Today would be a good day to end it", he said.

"If ordinary rules prevailed, the majority rules in the Senate, the government would be open as of today", Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said, when asked on CNN Sunday about Trump's call to change the rules.

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Meanwhile, Mr McConnell said that Mr Schumer "took the extraordinary step" of preventing the legislation from passing and thus "plunging the country into this totally avoidable mess".

Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the CR, which came with promises from Republicans to move on immigration reform, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for an estimated 800,000 individuals brought to the minors. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) proposed a bill to keep the government open through Monday.

Pence told US soldiers stationed near the Syrian border on Sunday: "You deserve better".

Both Democrats and Republicans also continued trying to blame each other for the shutdown.

Essential federal services and military activity are continuing, but even active-duty troops will not be paid until a deal is reached to reopen the U.S. government.

The current government funding expired on Friday midnight as the Senate failed to advance a stopgap spending bill, which had passed the House of Representatives and would fund the government through February 16.

Democrats say short-term spending legislation must include protections for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, known as "Dreamers".

The shutdown is now in its second day.

The Republican president is floating the idea of doing away with the 60-vote threshold to advance legislation and deny the minority party the chance to stall. "We have to acknowledge our respect for the minority, and that is what the Senate tries to do in its composition and in its procedure".

"We passed a bill keeping things funded to February 16", Ryan said Sunday.

And the Trump administration said it planned to keep national parks open - their closure in the 2013 shutdown provoked an angry public reaction. Eighteen senators, including members of both parties, were opposed.

  • Megan Austin