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White House defends ad calling Dems 'complicit' in killings

27 January 2018

"We do some insane things in Washington, but this is utter madness", House Speaker Paul Ryan told his colleagues Saturday, as the House of Representatives also entered a special weekend session. "The Democratic leadership could end this today", said McConnell.

"Democrats are far more concerned with illegal immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our risky Southern Border".

Trump, for his part, issued a series of angry tweets early in the morning, accusing Democrats of "holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration".

Democrats "own this mess", he said, "but now we need to work together to clean it up".

Democrats are laying fault for the shutdown on Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House and have struggled with building internal consensus.

Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday, and was not renewed amid a dispute between President Donald Trump and Democrats over the politically acrimonious issue of immigration. Five Republicans voted against the bill, which was largely blocked by the 44 Senate democrats who opposed it on the grounds that it did not include a solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Many Republicans feel that Democrats will pay a heavy political price for keeping the government shut down into the week.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says he will keep senators in Washington over the weekend to reach a deal to fund the government.

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McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had not spoken to each other in more than 24 hours, according to Schumer's spokesman Matt House.

It's "next to impossible to strike a deal with the president because he can't stick to the terms".

Lawmakers are at odds over a range of defense spending and immigration issues, including a legislative fix for almost 800,000 undocumented young people brought to the children.

McConnell then proposed the Monday noon ET vote, to which Schumer did not object.

Not to mention that Trump is suggesting Congress pass a permanent spending package - the legislative language for which doesn't even exist.

But Schumer said on the Senate floor it was time to get back to work, and lashed out at Trump. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate but fell short with only 50 supporting it.

President Trump was supposed to wake up at his Mar-a-Lago estate, but instead awoke in the White House residence - tweeting about the shutdown dawning on the anniversary of his inauguration.

White House defends ad calling Dems 'complicit' in killings