WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):
A Senate showdown vote on a Republican plan for ending the federal shutdown is on track to occur by early Monday. Democrats say they have the votes to block it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed a measure financing the government through Feb. 8.
Senate Democrats derailed a House-passed measure early Saturday that would have run through Feb. 16.
They say they want to provide enough money to keep agency doors open only a few days. They say the shorter time frame puts more pressure on Republicans to cut deals on immigration and the budget.
The shutdown began at midnight Friday. The public won’t feel its full effects until the next workweek begins Monday.
The vote would occur by 1 a.m. EST Monday but could happen earlier.
Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent the day dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration.
The two sides show few signs of progress on negotiations to end it.
The finger-pointing has played out in rare weekend proceedings in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers have been eager to show voters they are actively working for a solution — or at least actively making their case why the other party is at fault.
Democrats refused to provide the votes needed to reopen the government until they strike a deal with President Donald Trump protecting young immigrants from deportation. They also want more disaster relief and a boost in spending for opioid treatment and other domestic programs.
President Donald Trump is “frustrated” by the government shutdown falling on the first anniversary of his inauguration.
That’s according to budget director Mick Mulvaney, who tells reporters that the White House believes Democrats provoked the fiscal crisis to distract from Trump’s accomplishments in his first year in office.
Mulvaney says, “The Democrats got the shutdown that they wanted on his anniversary.”
He adds of Democrats that Trump “kicked their butts for a year” and charges they were looking for a way to embarrass the administration.
Mulvaney says it is up to Democrats to decide when the government will reopen, and that the White House won’t negotiate on immigration until Democrats agree to turn the lights back on.
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