Democrats to vote to reopen USA government

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President Trump is losing trust in negotiations with Senate Democratic leaders after they repeatedly mischaracterized talks on the government shutdown and immigration, said a top White House adviser. "[Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] is going to bring up a bill to keep things funded until February 8". The so-called nuclear option would change the 60-vote rule and allow Republicans to pass legislation without Democrat approval.

Throughout the day there were few outward signs of progress, as lawmakers took turns delivering animated speeches to near empty chambers to explain why the other party is to blame.

"Now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate".

He urged Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate to work out an agreement. "They blinked", principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah told CNN.

With the two sides frozen in stand-off, the Senate will hold a vote at 1am (0600 GMT) today on a new, three-week spending bill. "The Democrats are closing down the government because they want a result on an important issue, and they want it now". Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey voted no, as did Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

McConnell's latest offer is little more than an empty promise.

Paul was among a handful of Republicans who voted with most Democrats against the House bill to keep the government open.

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The Senate vote was moved from 1 a.m. ET Monday to noon after it became clear Democrats would block the spending bill over disagreements on a variety of issues, most notably what do about young people affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) was hanging around the Senate on Sunday night, intercepting McConnell and talking with reporters. If not, he said "it would be my intention to take up legislation" addressing those issues. However, one Democratic source cautioned that no deal had been reached.

Mr Schumer said trying to negotiate with Mr Trump "was like negotiating with Jell-O".

The Senate will vote at 1 a.m. EST on Monday on whether to advance a measure to fund the government through February 8, unless Democrats agree to hold it sooner, McConnell said on Saturday.

The Republican majority and the Trump administration have been unwilling to make concessions to ensure the passage of a spending bill. Republicans have appeared increasingly confident that Democrats are bearing the brunt of criticism for the shutdown and that they will ultimately buckle.

Due to a recent federal court ruling, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun accepting status renewal requests from DACA beneficiaries. "A lot worse. Today would be a good day to end it", he said. His statement says the immigration debate would only start "assuming that the government remains open". "They don't want to do it but are powerless!" President Trump tweeted yesterday.

It is unclear at this point whether Schumer's shift is the product of a decision to beat a strategic retreat from Friday night's hard-line position, or was forced by "centrist" Democratic pressure to cut a deal and end the impasse.

In exchange for a $20 billion commitment for a wall along the southern border, Schumer said Democrats were seeking a commitment to vote on one large spending bill that included a path to legalization for the DREAMers, disaster aid and other domestic spending.