Partial government shutdown enters Day 16

Partial government shutdown enters Day 16

Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat who represents thousands of furloughed government employees.

In 2009, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., famously blasted illegal immigration as "wrong, plain and simple".

Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican whip, argued Democrats who say the situation at the border is a "fabricated crisis" are operating in a "denial of reality".

First and foremost, it's a great messaging opportunity to highlight the differences between Democratic and Republican governing strategies.

Members have just begun introducing legislation, like the massive voting rights, campaign finance and ethics package House Democrats unveiled Friday and legislation they plan to introduce Tuesday tightening background check laws for gun purchases. Two GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), and Cory Gardner (Colo.) said they would vote on the legislation approved by the House.

Senators say the shutdown has led to disruptions in agricultural payments for farmers, as well as for home buyers trying to secure government-backed home loans. Hoyer said he believes even more Republicans could join them later this week when Democrats begin holding votes on individual spending bills that were written a year ago by GOP committees. "Mitch, don't delay. Let's vote!"

The most outspoken critic has been Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders who slammed the introduction of the bill in the midst of a government now in its third week.

"But I don't think we should vote on that until we have a vote on funding the government".

That means that the Democratic bills could go nowhere in the end, but several Democrats said Monday that they would not back down on their approach or give in to Trump's demands for money for his wall, and instead would continue to push legislation to reopen the bulk of government while setting aside the fight over the wall.

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Later this week, the House will vote on bills covering national parks, and housing and transportation, as well as agriculture - which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more colloquially referred to as SNAP or food stamps.

The federal pay period is scheduled to end on January 11.

"There's pressure on everybody as this drags on, and it really gets down to the point of chicken in terms of who is going to blink first", Johnson said.

"Democrats don't want to move to Middle East Security Bill".

Sen. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota (a state that has no coast to guard, btw), reintroduced the Pay Our Coast Guard Act on January 4 with the explicit objective of ensuring those Coasties who continue to work through the ongoing partial government shutdown will see the direct deposit hit their accounts. That measure has yet to be scheduled for a vote but could be joined with other spending bills in a bid to end the shutdown.

The bill at first had widespread support, but Democrats are split over Florida Republican Sen.

"Condemning backers of the Senate bill as "betrayers of the Constitution" in a blog post on Tuesday, Juan Cole of Informed Comment pointed out that "[e] conomic boycotts have been part and parcel of American political striving for liberty from the beginning.

On the Senate floor, the Kentucky lawmaker said Democrats are hypocritical for their stance on border security, and claimed they are acting with political spite.

Without the votes Democrats have taken and will be taking to reopen government, the first few weeks of the 116th Congress would have provided for a sleepy House floor schedule.

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