Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on the Senate floor Monday his plans to end the Democratic filibuster over a short-term federal funding bill, effectively reopening the national government following a three-day shutdown.
Sources familiar with the new agreement say Democrats secured a verbal commitment from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell there will be an upcoming up-or-down vote on DACA and other immigration reform issues.
“I don’t think this is the right way to get policy outcomes is to shut the government down. When we tried it, it didn’t work well for us,” said GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham with colleagues Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.
“Here’s what I predict. Once we start talking about immigration and voting on immigration, we’ll find 60 votes to make sure these DACA recipients’ lives are not ruined by March 5,” he added.
President Trump and Republican leadership routinely labeled the short-term government closure the “Schumer Shutdown” over the Minority Leader’s insistence that DACA legislation be included in a federal spending bill.
“The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!” tweeted the President earlier Monday.
SCHUMER MELTDOWN: Chuck GOES NUCLEAR on Senate Floor as GOP Passes Tax Cuts
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer threw a public temper tantrum from the floor of the US Capitol on Tuesday night, scolding his GOP colleagues who were quietly speaking while the liberal legislator railed against the Republican tax legislation.
The lawmaker was desperately attempting to sway Senators from voting “yes” on the tax proposal, erroneously claiming that “millions” of middle class families would see a “tax hike” under the current bill.
Schumer paused mid-sentence before unloading on GOP Senators, calling for order as his colleagues quietly negotiated in the chamber.
“Nearly 145 million middle class families under $200k will either get tax hikes… Can we have order Mr. President?” raged Schumer.
“This is serious stuff! We believe you’re messing up America. You could pay attention for a couple of minutes,” he scolded his GOP colleagues.
Watch Schumer’s public meltdown above.
SCHUMER SHOWDOWN: Chuck Summoned to WHITE HOUSE as Deadline Looms
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was summoned to the White House Friday afternoon, holding last-minute discussions with President Trump as the deadline for a government shutdown inches closer by the hour, reports Fox News.
The leading Democrat huddled with the President and senior advisors just moments before the federal government grinds to a halt as Congressional lawmakers struggle to find a compromise on DACA and funding for border security.
“We had a long and detailed meeting,” Schumer said in a statement. “We discussed all of the major outstanding issues, we made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussions will continue.”
The high-level meetings come as White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney labeled the possible government shutdown as the “Schumer Shutdown” during a press briefing earlier Friday; accusing Democrats of obstructing the GOP effort to keep the federal government open for business.
“They don’t oppose anything in the bill, but they are opposing the bill,” Mulvaney said.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that would provide short-term funding while bypassing major disagreements between the two parties.
The proposal now heads to the US Senate, where a 60 vote majority is needed before the midnight deadline to avert the shutdown.