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Senators Skirmish as Congress Hurtles Toward a Shutdown

Senators Skirmish as Congress Hurtles Toward a Shutdown
(AP)

By    |   Friday, 19 January 2018 10:56 AM

Senate leaders sniped and pointed fingers of blame at each other to close out Thursday's session, unable to even agree on adjournment ahead of a looming deadline to fund the government, Politico reported.

Senators finally went home without so much as an agreement of when to schedule a Friday vote on yet another stopgap spending bill to fund the government until February, Politico reports.

The House passed a short-term funding extension Thursday evening.

Democrats are determined to secure protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) in exchange for their votes; any appropriations bill needs 60 votes, meaning Republicans need at least nine Democrat "yay" votes.

Meanwhile, Republicans and President Donald Trump aren't doing any deal on DACA unless it also includes complete funding for the border wall and three other key provisions of immigration reform.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer bickered with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with both blaming the other for the impasse, Politico reported.

"This resolution kicks the can down the road and gives us no reason to believe that it'll be any different than the first CR, the second CR, the third CR and the fourth CR," Schumer told McConnell, Politico reported.

"That was not the Senate's finest hour, was it?" Republican Sen. John Thune told Politico.

The Senate has until 11:59 Friday to get it figured out.

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