Trump Suggests Senate 'Nuclear Option' if Government Shutdown Persists

Lucy Bush
January 23, 2018

McConnell said it was his intention for the Senate to finish, "as quickly as possible", a large appropriations deal that would address spending and disaster relief, as well as continue negotiations on border security and protections for young undocumented immigrants at risk of losing deportation protections after President Donald Trump rescinded the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. "We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement", Schumer said on the Senate floor before a vote the bill that would keep the government funded until February 8.

The Republican president has vacillated on what sort of legislation he supports and McConnell now seems willing to let the Senate craft a deal on legal protections for Dreamers and beefing up immigration enforcement at USA borders.

The Senate voted Monday to end a thee-day government shutdown as its full effects began to be felt with hundreds of thousands of federal workers forced to stay home at the start of the work week.

The final vote tally in the Senate early Saturday morning was 50-49, with the majority of Democrats and a handful of Republicans voting against advancing the short-term spending bill.

McConnell's concession may be too weak or too vague for Schumer and many red-state Democratic Senators.

Nelson, the only statewide elected Democrat from Florida, faced pressure from immigration activists to join the more liberal wing of his party to vote against a short-term spending bill without a solution for Dreamers. "Our democracy was created to run on compromise, the Senate was created to run on compromise".

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Flake said he plans to vote to reopen the government tomorrow.

"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.

"Due to this obstruction, the government is shutdown", the message said.

Trump "continued conversations on the next steps on responsible immigration reform" during a lunch with Republican senators Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. But Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said senators remained in a stalemate.

"If I were a Democrat, I would talk go to [Minority] Leader [Chuck] Schumer and say, 'If you can get the Majority Leader to be a little bit more explicit, I am ready to open up the government, '" Sen. "And the White House refused to engage in negotiations over the weekend", Schumer said.

Both parties blamed each other throughout the weekend for the impasse.

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Republicans have appeared increasingly confident that Democrats were bearing the brunt of criticism for the shutdown and that they would ultimately buckle. A spending bill in the Senate requires 60 votes, meaning McConnell needs the support of some Democrats to pass a bill.

White House negotiators, legislative affairs director Marc Short and budget chief Mick Mulvaney went to Capitol Hill to meet with House Republicans, who emerged holding fast to their stance that they would not negotiate while the administration was closed down.

The Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which shielded certain immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children and allowed them to work, will start to phase out on March 5.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instead placed the blame on Schumer, saying he made a "political miscalculation of gargantuan proportions".

"Now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate".

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