Senate Adjourns, No Deal, Negotiations Continue

Senate Adjourns, No Deal, Negotiations Continue

The Senate adjourned Saturday without a deal to end a partial government shutdown as talks dragged on over President Trump’s border wall with Mexico.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R:KY) ended the rare Saturday session hours after the Senate had opened.

Talks were underway at the Capitol involving Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

But there was no resolution to the impasse, and the Senate was not scheduled to meet again until Monday, Christmas Eve for a pro forma session.

The next full session of the Senate is scheduled Thursday 27 December.

Senator McConnell told reporters that negotiations are continuing and that he will call the Senate back into session at any time to vote for a deal if one is reached.

The partial shutdown started early Saturday amid a standoff over President Trump’s request for $5-B for The Wall. Democrats have refused, and are offering to keep funding at existing levels, $1.3-B for border security, but not The Wall.

Saturday, the nonessential federal government employees (25%) were furloughed.

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The Senate advanced the House-passed spending bill that contains $5.7-B in Wall funding Friday.

The Senate passed a motion to proceed on the House-passed continuing resolution (CR), 48-47, that includes $5.7-B in border Wall funding, which will put the spending bill to a full floor vote.

Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie on the motion to proceed, which will allow the Senate to vote on the legislation.

Senate Democrats led by Chuck Schumer (D:NY) are in opposition to President Donald Trump’s call for a border Wall showing Americans that they would rather stop or President’ agenda rather than keep our country safe.

“This is common sense,” Representative Jim Jordan (R:OH) and Freedom Caucus member said on TV, while complaining that top Democrats, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D:NY), have voted for Wall funding in the past.

The left, he added, is “more focused on stopping the President than they are in helping their country,” and he agrees with President Trump that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should get rid of a filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to pass bills, as the GOP still holds a Senate majority.

Have a terrific weekend

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