Because of the Republican's razor thin majority in the Senate, and the chamber's procedural rules that require 60 out of the Senate's 100 members to allow a controversial bill to move forward, any Republican funding measure will need at least some Democratic support.
Huddled negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer were unsuccessful, and the USA government technically ran out of money at midnight. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked.
"When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders, we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform", the statement said. McConnell and Schumer insisted they were still committed to finding an agreement that restores government funding as soon as possible.
Most Democrats opposed the bill because their efforts to include protections for hundreds of thousands of mostly young immigrants, known as Dreamers, were rejected by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders.
A sticking point for many Democrats who voted against the spending bill is what happens to the Dreamers, undocumented migrants who were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents.
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Both parties blame the other for causing the shutdown, but talks are expected to resume Monday to try and come to a resolution. House Speaker Paul Ryan immediately summoned reporters to try to pin the blame on top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY .
"The Republican leadership can't get a tumultuous President on board with anything, and they don't offer us any compromises on their own", he said on the Senate floor, adding "Trump walked away from bipartisan deals" twice in this long debate over immigration.
During Saturday's House and Senate sessions - where no obvious progress was made - Democrats continued to argue that Republicans were the problem, since the GOP is in charge of the House, Senate and White House. About a third, 31%, said they would hold Democrats responsible. In the end, while five Democrats voted for it, four Republicans also voted against the measure.
"It all really stems from the president, whose inability to clinch a deal has created the Trump shutdown", Schumer said.
Not to mention that Trump is suggesting Congress pass a permanent spending package - the legislative language for which doesn't even exist.
On Saturday, New York's Senior Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D - New York, blamed President Donald Trump in a press conference Saturday afternoon, saying the president kept shifting what he wanted out of a deal and what he would agree with to avoid a shutdown.