Talks in Congress between Republicans and Democrats regarding politically controversial legislation related to saving 700,000 young immigrants from being deported have stalled. Both sides accused the other for the breakdown in negotiations, and now a government shutdown looms on the horizon, becoming the center of further contention.
Democrats have confirmed an intention to fillibust further talks for the funding bill, with the intention that it should shape the construction of a new bill. This move is likely a primary trigger behind the shutdown, however; Democrats are insisting that the Republicans are to blame, with Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, saying that “They [Republicans] are not talking to us. They’re totally paralyzed and inept. There’s no one to negotiate with.”
The White House has stated that President Trump will not leave D.C. for the one-year anniversary of his inauguration in Florida until the funding bill passes. The White House also labelled the shutdown the “Schumer Shutdown”, referencing the belief that the Senate Minority Leader was a primary motive behind the move.
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