As D.C. is hurdling towards a government shutdown, Democrat and GOP leaders began blaming each other for what’s about to happen.
According to the Associated Press, as a shutdown looms, a partisan stare-down is taking place over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect around 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation. With only few hours before the midnight deadline, there are signs that an agreement is going to be reached.
Dems in the Senate have stated that they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening – a move that could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown and choose to point the finger at Republicans.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that they are the one in charge, take a look:
“They won’t say a word to us. They’re completely paralyzed and inept. There’s no one to negotiate with.”
Meanwhile, Republicans are claiming that Democrats are the ones holding the government hostage over demands to protect “dreamer” immigrants brought here as children and now live here illegally. The White House has been attempting to paint the impending action as the “Schumer shutdown”, however, according to sources, the president has been working the phones trying to avert one.
The White House has made the following announcement this morning: as the shutdown nears, the president won’t leave for a planned weekend trip to Florida, even though he had been planning to leave in order to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration at his Palm Beach estate.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney noted that the president has given Congress until March 5 to save DACA, so “there is no reason to tie those things together”.