Competing Measures to End Shutdown Fail in US Senate

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After two competing US Senate proposals to reopen the government were both shot down as expected on Thursday, the White House issued a statement that President Donald Trump would consider a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for three weeks.

Shortly before the shutdown began, the full Senate passed a bill like the one Democrats will push Thursday to reopen the government for a short period without funding the wall.

It occurred amid Trump's repeated vows to veto any spending bill that does not contain the 5.7 billion us dollars he has demanded to fund a wall on the southern border. The bill required 60 votes to pass and came to a 50-47 vote just short of the 60 votes needed to pass.

Democratic leaders have insisted they won't negotiate with Trump on border security unless he reopens the government.

"We all know it was the president who threw us into this turmoil", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. Three senators, two Republicans and a Democrat, were absent.

"So there really is not a good excuse why there should be a liquidity crisis", Ross said.

Trump has said he wants US$5.7 billion (S$7.7 billion) for a border barrier, opposed by Democrats, as part of any legislation to fund about a quarter of the federal government for the year.

"No new structures, the only thing we are talking about is existing structures, along with the judges and some other things", Thompson said. It also includes funding for additional border agents, and thousands more immigration and customs officials.

Trump said he blamed himself for the large number of immigrants who want to enter the United States, crediting himself for a strong economy and what he said was a record number of people employed.

As House speaker, Pelosi has the procedural right to call the president to deliver the speech, which she refused to do until the shutdown ends.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of MI, a member of Senate Democratic leadership, said giving in to Trump would mean that the White House would use a shutdown to get whatever it wanted next time. The Democratic measure would have reopened agencies until February 8 to allow talks on a border security plan but wouldn't have funded a wall. He said they should be able to get loans.

"Nancy just said she 'just doesn't understand why?' Very simply, without a Wall it all doesn't work". Trump tweeted a few hours before the votes.

Either measure would reopen federal agencies and pay 800,000 federal workers who are days from missing yet another paycheck. But it is still significant because it is the first time Democratic leadership will broadly lay out what they might accept in a compromise to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day.

The talks were triggered after the Senate rejected two proposals - one by Trump and one by Democrats - meant to reopen the government.

Batman comic author Tom King hands out free comics to USA government workers affected by the shutdown in a special signing event in Baltimore.

Democrats and Republicans agree on $5.7 billion in border security funding this year, but the language allows both sides to claim victory by including different ways of securing the border.

Republican Sens. Cory Gardner and Susan Collins have said they will vote for both bills, as has Democratic Sen.

Poll respondent Kelley Thorson, of St. Robert, Missouri, who backed Trump in the 2016 election, says she supports the wall but largely disagrees with the president's rationale.

Republican Sen. John Thune said, 'One way or another we've got to get out of this.

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, another freshman Democrat, signed Luria's letter, saying, "We need to work together we need to open the government and then those kinds of conversations that need to be happening about national security border protection can happen".

The anticipated votes follow a dramatic day in which Trump agreed to postpone his State of the Union address after Speaker Nancy Pelosi disinvited him from making the speech next week in the House chamber.

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