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Two Democratic Senators Want to Block Votes Not Connected To Shutdown

By    |   Sunday, 06 January 2019 06:41 PM

The Senate should not take up any legislation unrelated to the partial government shutdown until a vote is taken to reopen the government, two Democratic senators said on Sunday.

"Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans allow a vote on the bipartisan bills the House passed to open the government," Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen tweeted.

In response to that message, the other Maryland senator, Ben Cardin, also a Democrat, tweeted his agreement.

"This isn’t business as usual,” he wrote. “This is a crisis, a fundamental failure to govern, and Americans are suffering for it. "The Senate should not take up any bills unrelated to reopening the government until @SenateMajLdr lets us vote on exactly that." 

He later added in another tweet that “This is madness. Keeping the government shut down does not demonstrate strength. It demonstrates incompetence and an inability to govern.”

The partial shutdown is in its third week after congressmen have failed to reach an agreement on President Donald Trump's demand for more than $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall, The Hill reported.

The president has vowed not to sign a funding bill that does not include his requested money for the wall, while Democrats have refused to do so.

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