Republicans seek key vote to reopen United States government for new working week

Senate Democrats blast House GOP government funding measure

Senate Democrats blast House GOP government funding measure

President Donald Trump went after Democrats in a tweetstorm on Saturday, the one year anniversary of his inauguration, calling the shutdown "a nice present".

The shutdown was cemented when the Senate, meeting late into Friday night, blocked a bill to maintain the federal government's funding through February 16.

A key vote is set to be held in a last-ditch attempt to reopen the U.S. government before hundreds of thousands of federal workers are forced to start the working week with no pay.

Just 50 votes were secured in the end, with five Republicans voting against the bill while five Democrats voted for it.

"I assure you we will have the vote at 1am on Monday, unless there is a desire to have it sooner".

While the Republican base certainly doesn't want the president to give in and make a DACA deal with Democrats, there are signs that the Trump Administration may be anxious about taking heat for a lasting shutdown.

Trump is accusing Democrats of being more concerned with "Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous" border with Mexico.

The last shutdown came in 2013.

Essential federal services and military activity are continuing, but even active duty troops will not be paid until a deal is reached to reopen the United States government.

Friday's late-night vote means a government closure is underway after the two parties showed no clear signs that they have significantly narrowed their disputes over immigration and the budget.

Turkish town hit by 4 rockets fired by Kurdish militia
They also said that thousands of pro-Turkey civilians had escaped the YPG-controlled areas in an attempt to reach Aleppo. The YPG forms the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the main USA ally against the Islamic State group in Syria.

Trump, who in July 2016 said: "Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it", has asserted that past government shutdowns were the fault of the person in the White House.

For Republicans, it was essential to isolate immigration as an issue, with the hope of gaining more leverage by dragging it closer to a March deadline on DACA and forcing Democrats to give up their budget negotiating power in fear of the ramifications of a shutdown perceived as just about immigration. "This will be called the 'Trump shutdown" because there is no one, no one, who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in more than President Trump".

The White House's press secretary Sarah Sanders meanwhile, said Senate Democrats had "put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans".

Congressional Democrats are taking a page from the playbook of President Donald Trump and hard-line conservatives: Fight for your base and don't blink. "President Trump is so mercurial it's been impossible to get him to agree to anything".

Before it took hold, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said, "We're going to manage the shutdown differently". Republicans say Democrats manufactured the crisis over immigration.

Republicans insist that Democrats' staunch stance on protecting immigrants facing deportation and ignoring funding for the military and extending children's health insurance brought on the shutdown. Getting a bill through the Senate requires 60 votes and therefore some Democratic buy-in, because there are 51 Republicans in the Senate - but five Republicans voted against the House bill as well. They fell ten votes short. Around 700,000 of them have been shielded against deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which Trump halted a year ago.

Negotiations with the White House on a bipartisan compromise on DACA blew up last week after Trump reportedly referred to African nations and Haiti as "shithole countries".

Protestors hoisted placards with messages including "Fight like a girl" and "A woman's place is in the White House" and "Elect a clown, expect a circus". "The president is the leader, and he's got to get everybody in a room and he's got to lead".

Still, members were irritated Saturday morning as they gathered for their morning conference meeting.

"We have a racist in the White House, we have a sexist in the White House and we have a pathological liar in the White House who is tearing away at the fabric of our democracy", actor and producer Rob Reiner said at a rally in California.

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