Ryan: Democrats should vote for short-term bill

Monday, 22 Jan, 2018

When filibusters of legislation are underway, it takes 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to halt them. Democrats laid fault with Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House and have struggled with building internal consensus. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown.

McConnell has long defended the filibuster. It allows 121 Republicans - 28 percent of the total membership - to determine the agenda, blocking proposals that may have a majority of the full House - but a minority of Republicans.

"We can't keep kicking the can down the road", said Schumer, insisting on more urgency in talks on immigration. But he also said, "The question is, when do you use it".

Even before the vote, Trump was pessimistic, tweeting that Democrats actually wanted the shutdown "to help diminish the success" of the tax bill he and fellow Republicans pushed through last month.

"They shut down the government with no end game in sight", Ryan said pn "Face The Nation", adding he thought Democrats felt the House wouldn't pass their spending bill in the first place.

The federal government entered the second day of a shutdown Sunday.

"We do so many insane things in Washington, but this is utter madness", Speaker Ryan said on the House floor.

"Right, but in 2013 when there was a shutdown, they did in fact get paid, right?"

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling on Republicans to "sit down and talk" with Democrats on immigration in an effort to reopen the government.

"I really believe the Democrats want a shutdown to get off the subject of the tax cuts because they're doing so well", he said. "Open this government back up".

The senator from Kentucky said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union": "It's gamesmanship and it's partisanship". And I think the impasse could end today if Republicans would promise just to have a week of immigration votes, have a conclusion, let us all put forward amendments.

Democrats refused to support the legislation, which would extend funding through February 16, because it did not include a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program. "It's no secret the President has strong views on immigration, but what is not productive is a pointless government shutdown that the Senate Democrats have foisted on this country".

But Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL says that would mean the end of the Senate as the Founding Fathers envisioned it.

Senate Republicans now hold a 51-49 edge.

Meadows said Trump wants a DACA deal that has "broad support". That position is a striking role-reversal for the conservative former congressman, who was one of the architects of the 2013 shutdown over the Affordable Care Act. So it's not as if we were saying, 'No way, no how. "Stop illegal immigration, now", the ad says. And it comes with no shortage of embarrassment for the president and political risk for both parties, as they wager that voters will punish the other at the ballot box in November.

In an interview on ABC News' "This Week", the North Carolina Republican also downplayed his reported influence with President Donald Trump, saying "he makes his own decisions".

The Senate planned a vote by early Monday on a spending extension.