Republicans and Democrats appeared to harden their positions on Sunday as both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a US government shutdown in its second day.
President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the USA government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened.
Democrats and Republicans may disagree on spending levels and on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but they seem to becoming around to the same conclusion: President Donald Trump is a nightmare and largely responsible for the shutdown.
"I'm kind of keeping hope alive here that before 1 a.m. tomorrow morning that we'll have something that gets us out of this jam", Thune told reporters.
"Mr. Schumer has to up his game and be more honest with the President of the United States if we are going to be seeing progress", he said.
"This is not Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE " s shutdown.
On Sunday, he defended himself against accusations of hypocrisy in his attacks on Democrats over the government shutdown, given his own role at the center of the 2013 shutdown.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, however, looked surprised after being shown the ad by John Dickerson on CBS' Face The Nation and said "I don't know if that's necessarily productive, but it's no secret the president has strong views on immigration". Republicans are pushing the idea that Democrats are willing to vote against a spending bill over an unrelated issue: immigration. "Early on, he said our country could, quote 'use a good shutdown.' [Saturday] he tweeted, this is the one-year anniversary of my presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present".
And for all the posturing, sources told CNN that Schumer and McConnell had not spoken since their interactions on the Senate floor in the dramatic early moments of Saturday. The measure gained 50 votes to proceed to 49 against, but 60 were needed to break a Democratic filibuster. However, several Senate Republicans said that McConnell was in no mood to give Schumer any assurances to open up the government.
Democratic lawmakers challenged the president to get more involved and to accept bipartisan compromise as a way out of a shutdown that entered its second day Sunday amid finger-pointing from both parties as to who bears primary responsibility. "Unfortunately, the president and Republican leaders in Congress are like Abbott and Costello".
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"How can you negotiate with the president under those circumstances where he agrees face-to-face to move forward with a certain path and then within two hours calls back and pulls the plug?" said Sen.
Republicans put forth a three-week short-term bill to fund the government through February 8, but Democrats are seemingly not yet willing to make a deal.
Democratic lawmakers counter that the president hurt negotiations when he initially expressed support for a compromise and then abruptly turned away from it.
The Kentucky Republican said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he pitched re-opening the government in exchange for allowing Democrats a week of debate on immigration policy. But this is the first time it's happened with one party controlling both Congress and the White House.
At the White House on Sunday, there were few signs of activity, as a skeleton crew of aides remained at work. Democrats increasingly focused their messaging on criticizing Trump, whose popularity is dismal. But wait - didn't the White House say Trump wouldn't talk about DACA now?
The Statue of Liberty and Philadelphia's Liberty Bell were closed, but visitors had access to other sites such as Yellowstone. "We can not open the government without Senate Democrats" support".
Social Security and most other safety-net programs were unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority.
"Dreamers aren't bargaining chips" has been the mantra of Democrats who demand a "clean" DACA bill. And government provides what are considered essential an non-essential services.
It's unclear whether there is enough bipartisan support for the immigration proposal being offered by Flake and Graham - or for one that Senate conservatives are also drafting.
Schumer said that he left a meeting with Trump on Friday afternoon hopeful that a deal could be reached after reluctantly suggesting concessions on Trump's plan for a border wall in return for action on DACA recipients.