Senate Adjourns, Ensures Government Shutdown on Monday

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney right listens as Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short speaks with reporters in the White House briefing room about a possible government shutdown Friday Jan. 19 2018 in Washington

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney right listens as Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short speaks with reporters in the White House briefing room about a possible government shutdown Friday Jan. 19 2018 in Washington

As the scramble to end the government shutdown dragged into the work week Monday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urged senators in both parties to vote to fund the government until February 8, and accept a loose promise from him to bring a bill to the floor that would address the status of the 700,000 young immigrants whose protections President Trump revoked past year, even if they don't have an agreement with the White House or the House. "We will vote today to reopen the government", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told the Senate.

Democrats have insisted they would back legislation reopening the government, once there is a bipartisan agreement to preserve protections against deporting about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children.

A bipartisan group of senators had been lobbying Democratic and Republican leadership Sunday on the compromise measure, but an expected early Monday morning vote was called off at the last minute, and delayed until mid-day.

Tens of thousands of federal workers had begun closing down operations on Monday, the first weekday since the shutdown, but essential services such as security and defense operations continued.

Senator Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he and his colleagues oppose changing the chamber's rules so that a simple majority could advance legislation to fund the government and to end the current shutdown, according to a spokesman.

While politicians on both sides of the aisle have pressed for bipartisan negotiations to bring the shutdown to an end, President Donald Trump advocated for a more dire solution on Twitter Sunday.

First, the shutdown happened because of Trump, not Senate Democrats.

Trump said he was glad the government will be funded.

"We're not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers and your families, the benefits and wages you've earned", he said. In a second tweet, he said, "Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base".

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The last federal government shutdown, in 2013, lasted for 16 days. The Senate over the weekend inched closer but ultimately fell short of a deal that could have reopened the government before the beginning of the workweek.

"In a few hours, the government will reopen", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY.

"We are no dictatorship subject to the whims of an executive, just as we are not a one-party system where the victor of an election gets to decide everything and the minority nothing", the New York Democrat said minutes after McConnell's address to the chamber.

Republicans have appeared increasingly confident that Democrats were bearing the brunt of criticism for the shutdown and that they would ultimately buckle.

The Senate vote was 81-18 - well above the 60 votes needed.

House Republicans like Meadows have been stressing that no immigration-related agreement between McConnell and other senators to pass the continuing resolution and children's health insurance combination will prove binding on the other body.

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.

A new Trump political ad accused Democrats of being "complicit" in USA murders committed by illegal immigrants. Despite the shutdown, he said moving forward, there are several issues that need to be addressed.

"If our troops don't get paid during the Schumer Shutdown, I can not in good conscience accept my pay", Kustoff said in a written statement Sunday.

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