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Friday, January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats, showing remarkable solidarity on Friday in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating, leaving less than two hours for lawmakers to find a way to avert a midnight shutdown of much of the federal government.

Senate Republican leaders fell well short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed on the spending bill, which had passed the House on Thursday.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, was trying to rally support for a shorter temporary spending measure that would allow both parties to save face.

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But even if the Senate adopted such a bill, it would also have to pass the House. With time running out, at least a short shutdown appeared inevitable.

The 10 p.m. vote came after a day of budget brinkmanship in Washington that included a last-minute negotiating session between President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader. The 90-minute meeting produced progress, both men said, but no deal.

Just hours later, it appeared to collapse.

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"But Democrats were seeking concessions on other priorities, such as protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation, increasing domestic spending, securing disaster aid for Puerto Rico and bolstering the government's response to the opioid epidemic."

GOP could have negotiated some of that... if they knew how to govern when they need 60 votes, not 51.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-19 10:39 PM | Reply

"Most Democrats voted against the bill as part of a risky strategy to force Republicans to negotiate with them on a legislative fix for Dreamers, illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age and now face the prospect of deportation.

Only five Democrats voted to advance the bill -- Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp {N.D.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.), who are all up for reelection this year in states carried by President Trump in 2016 election, and newly-elected Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.).

Republicans were also not united, as Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) also voted against advancing the legislation. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is battling brain cancer, was absent.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delayed the vote until late Friday as part of an effort to raise pressure on Democrats.

Budget chief Mick Mulvaney also suggested the negative effects of a shutdown would not completely be felt until Monday, when hundreds of thousands of workers would be furloughed."

"Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) took to the floor after McConnell to blast Republicans for failing to make substantial progress after Trump tasked Congress with replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"So what has the Republican majority in the House and Senate done in the four and a half months since we received that challenge from President Trump? Nothing. Nothing," he said.

thehill.com

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-19 10:52 PM | Reply

= ELI5

ELIT *Explain Like I'm Trump... is also acceptable.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-19 10:54 PM | Reply

#5 |

All your Stormy Daniels videos are now belong to Trump.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-19 11:10 PM | Reply

Don't worry. Neither do Americans.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-19 11:10 PM | Reply

Anyone else wish the countdown clock on MSNBC would start counting up now??

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-20 12:02 AM | Reply

Oh look,, it did.

#9 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-20 12:02 AM | Reply

Trump so dumb he broke the government while he owned all three branches. Astounding displays of incompetence and criminality.

I heard Trump threw a dinner at mangolago costing $100k a plate to celebrate himself. What do the diners think they're getting? Right. Corruption means they get whatever they want from the taxpayer.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-20 12:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The last one was totally on the GOP. This one is on the Dems.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-20 12:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

-This one is on the Dems.

"Republicans were also not united, as Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) also voted against advancing the legislation. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is battling brain cancer, was absent."

Those guys are Dems? Who knew? They only got something like 45 of their OWN votes.

The Republicans control all 3 branches of the gov, couldn't even get all their members to vote for this, couldn't make any compromise on DACA for 4 mos, but it's all on the Dems?

This will go down as the Trump Shutdown, and it's polling in favor of that right now by 20 percent.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-20 01:03 AM | Reply

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This will go down as the Trump Shutdown, and it's polling in favor of that right now by 20 percent.
#12 | POSTED BY CORKY

I don't disagree. The GOP is utterly inept when it comes to messaging. Fact is, this shutdown mirrors the last one only with the roles reversed. The Democrats very successfully messaged that one and the GOP paid the price. All the GOP has to do is use the same language - "clean spending bill" - and they could put blame where it rightly belongs, but they are too inept to do so.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-20 01:11 AM | Reply

- put blame where it rightly belongs,

It rightly belongs on them for the reasons in #12.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-20 01:13 AM | Reply

"Trump Whines: Shutdown Fight Could Make Me Miss ‘My Party'
You would tweet too if it happened to you.

On the eve of a possible government shutdown, President Donald Trump privately vented frustrations that the political impasse could possibly keep him from attending a glitzy inauguration anniversary bash and fundraiser set for Saturday at his Florida getaway Mar-a-Lago."

www.thedailybeast.com

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-20 01:17 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

It rightly belongs on them for the reasons in #12.
#14 | POSTED BY CORKY

Yes, they lacked 100% unity - they had a couple of Senate defections. But even with perfect unity they needed to get to 60 and they'd only have 51.

This should be an easy political victory for the GOP but they are so incompetent they will gladly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and hand it over to the Democratic Party.

If they can't win this fight they deserve what they get.

#16 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-20 01:17 AM | Reply

"Donald Trump cancels Florida trip as crisis deepens"

www.telegraph.co.uk

Funny will be when he agrees with Chuckie on a deal just so he can go to FL and collect all that money from his "quests".

#17 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-20 01:38 AM | Reply

had a couple of Senate defections

#16 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Others would say "Now Jeff,,, you're better than that.

As I've pointed out in the past, though, you're not.

You're a lying sack of ****.

www.google.com

#18 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-20 04:47 AM | Reply

5, d***head.

Perhaps Mrs. Jeff needs a few to get her going and you've been mislead, but 5 is NOT a traditional couple, Jeff.

#19 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-20 04:55 AM | Reply

Donald's Florida trip is still on. Gotta have priorities.

#20 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-20 07:42 AM | Reply

The GOP can't govern,because they don't want to. They hate the federal government and want to undermine and eventually destroy it. In Trump's first year they have made much progress on that mission. What remains it to be seen is if the majority of Americans hate the federal government as well and are happy about its destruction. Putin sure is.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-20 10:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"racist ramblings of our 'stable genius' president" LOL Love it:

Bernie Sanders‏ @BernieSanders

Republicans in Congress must now summon the courage to stand up to the racist ramblings of our "stable genius" president. Democratic and Republican senators must continue efforts to produce a bi-partisan Dream Act to be voted on by the Senate as part of the overall budget deal.

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-20 11:04 AM | Reply

Yay another fake shutdown.

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-20 11:09 AM | Reply

Welcome to the schumer shut down!!!! I hope you libs like it.

#24 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-20 12:49 PM | Reply

Welcome to the schumer shut down!!!! I hope you libs like it.

Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-20 12:49 PM | Reply

What hole did you climb out of???

#25 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-20 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"What hole did you climb out of???"

And is it Russian based?

#26 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-20 05:46 PM | Reply

"The last one was totally on the GOP. This one is on the Dems."

Why? Because the Rs control all three branches of Congress? Or because they're using Republican Math™ and can't count to 60?

#27 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-01-20 05:59 PM | Reply

Why? Because the Rs control all three branches of Congress? Or because they're using Republican Math™ and can't count to 60?
#27 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

3 branches of Congress?

#28 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2018-01-20 08:08 PM | Reply

... Of government. My error.

#29 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-01-20 09:18 PM | Reply

3 branches of Congress?

#28 | POSTED BY TXLIBERTARIAN

1. Senate
2. House of Representatives
3. House GOP Free-Dumb Caucus

#30 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-20 09:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

dem version of Republicans 'governing' would be giving them whatever they want.

#31 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-01-21 10:39 PM | Reply

dem version of Republicans 'governing' would be giving them whatever they want.

#31 | Posted by MSgt

Dems version of Republicans governing would be giving them a voice it the process. Allowing a fair and open debate and allowing Dems to be at the negotiating table and allowing Dem amendments. In other words, let's get back to regular order in the US Senate.

#32 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-22 02:34 PM | Reply

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