GOP Senator Blames Trump Aide for Impasse

Government shutdown stretches into Monday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2018 4:52 AM CST
Updated Jan 22, 2018 6:21 AM CST
Government Shutdown Stretches Into Monday
Demonstrators rally in support of DACA outside the Capitol on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

A deal to end the government shutdown before the beginning of the workweek failed Sunday night, meaning the first shutdown since 2013 will stretch into Monday—and possibly much longer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Sunday night that a vote on a deal to fund the government through Feb. 8 will be held at noon on Monday, though it's not expected to pass unless McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer move closer to agreement on an immigration deal, Politico reports. "We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable for both sides," Schumer said at 9pm Sunday. In other developments:

  • Miller blamed. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham blamed White House aide Stephen Miller, a hard-liner on immigration issues, for the continuing impasse, the Hill reports. "Every time we have a proposal, it is only yanked back by staff members. As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going nowhere," Graham said before a bipartisan meeting Sunday night.

  • Effects kick in. Many Americans would have barely noticed the shutdown over the weekend, but the effects will be far more pronounced as of Monday, when hundreds of thousands of federal workers stay home and actions like food safety inspections and the passport process grind to a halt, the Washington Post reports.
  • National parks. National parks will be open, but possibly stinky, according to the Hill: The parks will remain open, unlike in 2013, but the furloughing of staffers means that trash pickup and restroom cleaning could be on hold.
  • What's open. NBC News lists more government employees who will still be on the job, including FBI agents and members of Congress. Most federal buildings will be closed, though the state of New York has reached a deal to keep the Statue of Liberty open.
  • Democratic resolve. Despite pressure from their base for a deal on DACA, Democratic resolve for keeping a shutdown going appears to be starting to waver, according to the AP. Some Democrats worry that a prolonged shutdown could cost their party seats in the midterm elections. The White House and GOP leaders say there won't be a deal on immigration until funding is restored and the government reopens.
  • White House message. The Guardian reports that people who call the White House comment line are receiving a message telling them that their call cannot be answered because "congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate."
(More government shutdown stories.)

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