Blame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdown

US Capitol is seen shortly after beginning of the Government shutdown in Washington US

But when the House reconvened Saturday morning, the partisan finger-pointing began immediately.

After hours of closed-door meetings and phone calls, the Senate scheduled its late Friday night vote on a House-passed plan.

Minutes after the shutdown went into effect, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted Republicans and Trump from the Senate floor.

"This shutdown was avoidable".

Cornyn said Trump had rejected a proposal by Schumer to fund the government through Tuesday to allow negotiations to continue.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the Democrats´ insistence that the interim measure include protection for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children killed the deal. "Americans expect & deserve it".

The early contours of the blame game appeared to cut against Trump and the Republicans, who control all levers of government but can not pass major legislation without at least partial support from Senate Democrats.

In the House, Republicans muscled the measure through on a mostly party-line 230-197 vote after making modest concessions to chamber conservatives and defense hawks.

McConnell said Saturday he would offer a new option to keep the government funded through February 8, rather than the February 16 date that the rejected bill would have set. "During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people". It was on a motion to go to a vote on a Republican spending bill that would have kept the government open for another month. There can be no disputing who ultimately is responsible for the grossly irresponsible act of shutting down the government.

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That vote put paid to the Republican spending bill, but it wasn't quite the end of things.

Republican and Democratic leaders both said they would continue to talk, raising the possibility of a solution over the weekend.

Trump, who slammed the minority party in a series of morning tweets, argued that the shutdown occurred because Democrats were more concerned about helping immigrants who came to the country illegally as children than US military service members or American citizens.

"They could have easily made a deal but chose to play Shutdown politics instead". "#WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!"

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE early Saturday charged that Democrats are at fault for the government shutdown because they want "unchecked illegal immigration".

"Senate Democrats have let down our troops, our children, and all Americans". That process has been paralyzed in recent years because of increased political brinkmanship, and the Congress turns to a stopgap continuing resolution, or CR, that maintains federal government spending at existing levels for all or part of the fiscal year. All of this is just unnecessary.

In another tweet, he slammed the Democrats by a snide remark calling the shutdown a present to him.

"To prevent a government shutdown that would damage our economy and disrupt health care coverage for low-income children, I voted in support of the stop-gap funding bill".

But the Dems' leader in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of double standards after he previously criticised Obama for the 2013 shutdown. Then-President George H.W. Bush, after a compromise with the Democrats in the Congress, had increased tax rates despite promising not to during his 1989 campaign, leading to a revolt in the House. I mean never in history - or at least modern history - of the country has there been a government shutdown when a single party is in charge of Washington. "A government shutdown was 100 percent avoidable, completely avoidable". But this is the first time it's happened with one party controlling both Congress and the White House.


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