Congressional leaders in both parties continued their standoff on the first day of the government shutdown, avoiding direct negotiations and firing charges and counter-charges.
“Happy anniversary, Mr. President,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. “Your wish came true. You wanted the shutdown? The shutdown is all yours.”
“Senate Democrats shut down this government, and now Senate Democrats need to open this government back up,” Ryan reportedly said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his Democratic counterpart Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) also threw barbs at each other.
“He wants to keep the government shut down until we finish a negotiation on the subject of illegal immigration,” McConnell said of Schumer.
At the same time, Schumer charged that the Republicans can’t get it done after four CRs.
“Do you know what number CR this is? This has been going on for six months,” Schumer told CNN, using the legislative term for a short-term spending deal, a continuing resolution. “This is the fourth time. They can’t get it done and they just use these CRs.”
Schumer also noted that “negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with jello, it is next to impossible,” Schumer said at a press conference.
“It’s next to impossible to strike a deal with the President because he can’t stick to the terms,” Schumer said. “I have found this out, Leader McConnell has found this out, Speaker Ryan has found this out.”
In the meanwhile, President Trump continued with his tweets, charging that the Democrats are more concerned with illegal immigrants than with the military and border safety.
“Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great military or safety at our dangerous southern border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!” Trump tweeted.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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