McConnell Could Offer Bill To End Government Shutdown As Early As Today

President Trump tweets about funding for the border wall: "No Cave"

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will offer a bill to end the partial government shutdown as early as today, according to ABC News. The shutdown started 32 days ago. In order for the bill to advance in the Senate, it needs 60 votes, which is currently a doubtful proposition.

 

On Saturday, President Trump attempted to break the logjam with the Democrats by offering 700,000 DACA recipients a three-year extension of protections in return for the $5.7 billion he has asked for regarding a barrier on the southern border. That offer was immediately rejected by Democrats.

McConnell’s bill will probably include funding for the wall on the border in addition to recompensing workers who have not been paid during the shutdown. The majority of Senate Democrats have coalesced around the idea of refusing to negotiate on the wall until the government is reopened. On Monday, Justin Goodman , a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, blustered, "Nothing has changed with the latest Republican offer. President Trump and Senate Republicans are still saying: 'Support my plan or the government stays shut.' That isn't a compromise or a negotiation — it's simply more hostage taking."

McConnell said on Saturday, “With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well. The situation for furloughed employees isn’t getting any brighter and the crisis at the border isn’t improved by show votes. But the President’s plan is a path toward addressing both issues quickly.” As Fox News reported, “The Senate bill also provides $12.7 billion in supplemental disaster relief for victims of last year's hurricanes in the southeastern U.S. and wildfires in California, among other events. It also provides funding for nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments — including Agriculture, Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice — that have not been funded since the partial shutdown began Dec. 22.”

 

On Monday, President Trump targeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Twitter, writing, “If Nancy Pelosi thinks that Walls are 'immoral,' why isn’t she requesting that we take down all of the existing Walls between the U.S. and Mexico, even the new ones just built in San Diego at their very strong urging. Let millions of unchecked ‘strangers’ just flow into the U.S.”

 

President Trump followed by asserting that he will not cave on funding for the wall, tweeting, “Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security. With a powerful Wall or Steel Barrier, Crime Rates (and Drugs) will go substantially down all over the U.S. The Dems know this but want to play political games. Must finally be done correctly. No Cave!”

On Monday, as ABC News noted, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported that its employees called out at a national rate of 10% on Sunday, which was 3.1% higher than the same weekend in 2018. TSA spokesman Michael Bilello told ABC News the TSA was in "uncharted territory" because workers’ rent or mortgage payments are coming due at the beginning of February.

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