U.S. government shutdown heads into third day
January 22, 2018 | 12:49 PM
by Times TV

U.S. government shutdown enters its third day after Senate negotiators fail to reach an agreement to restore federal spending authority. No deal after a second day of U.S. government shutdown Sunday.

The Senate's now set to vote on a stopgap measure Monday at noon after cancelling a vote slated for 1AM. Earlier, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell had blamed Democrats' demands that President Trump negotiate on immigration as part of any deal. But late Sunday, McConnell offered up an olive branch, pledging to bring immigration to a floor debate if it was still an issue in early February.

Republican Majority Leader, Mitch Mcconnell said, "It would be my intention to proceed to legislation that would address DACA, border security and related issues. It is also my intention to take up legislation on increased defense spending, disaster relief and other important matters."

What's less clear is whether enough Democrats would vote Monday to push the spending bill forward. McConnell needs 60 votes to advance the bill and with nothing in it dealing with immigration, Democrats don't seem interested in helping him. Their Senate leader Chuck Schumer said he had a deal with Trump to protect illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children in exchange for funding Trump's signature border wall project, only for the White House to renege just hours later.

The White House said Schumer's claim there was ever a deal between him and the president is quote "false."

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