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Politics Tensions Rising as Shutdown Looms

01:49  13 january  2018
01:49  13 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

McConnell takes hard line after failed shutdown vote

  McConnell takes hard line after failed shutdown vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripped Democrats for forcing a "completely avoidable" shutdown seconds after the gavel fell on a 50-49 vote failing to advance legislation to avoid a shutdown. McConnell spoke after the Senate missed a deadline for passing legislation to prevent a shutdown and about two hours after the vote began.

MOST POPULAR. It’s understandable if you’re experiencing a bit of shutdown fatigue, given the many dire warnings about impending closures of Thursday, and reports that he used crude and offensive language in reference to immigrants further inflamed tensions on Capitol Hill Friday, raising the odds

Just a few days ago, it looked like Congress and the White House were headed toward an agreement on immigration issues, smoothing the way for a budget deal. Referring to Trump’s incendiary comments, Sen.

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It’s understandable if you’re experiencing a bit of shutdown fatigue, given the many dire warnings about impending closures of the federal government coming out of Washington over the last few months. But with Congress repeatedly pushing the legislative envelope, passing one short-term deal after another, the warnings have been warranted, even if a closure has failed to materialize thus far.

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As Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur described the current state of affairs Friday, “Congress keeps funding the government in increments of a few weeks or months. In 2017 there were four (4) CRs. There may be yet another one next week.”

Durbin refuses to predict when shutdown will end

  Durbin refuses to predict when shutdown will end Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) refused on Sunday to predict when the government shutdown would end as thousands of government workers prepare to be impacted by the shutdown on Monday. "I'm not going to make that prediction," Durbin told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," adding that he felt there "positive conversations" happening amid the negotiations.Republicans and Democrats in the Senate failed to reach a midnight deadline on Friday to fund the government.Democrats voted against a measure from Republicans because it did not contain a fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Tensions rise as government shutdown looms .

Democrats have warned they want a budget agreement to include an immigration deal that protects the so-called "dreamers.".

Just a few days ago, it looked like Congress and the White House were headed toward an agreement on immigration issues, smoothing the way for a budget deal. But President Trump rejected a tentative deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators Thursday, and reports that he used crude and offensive language in reference to immigrants further inflamed tensions on Capitol Hill Friday, raising the odds of a potentially crippling budgetary showdown.

Referring to Trump’s incendiary comments, Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday, “My thought that we might get a bipartisan agreement approved by the White House died yesterday.” Some Democrats are hardening their position on immigration issues, with liberal activists pushing for a legislative solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to be included as part of any budget deal.

Charity to provide military survivor benefits during shutdown

  Charity to provide military survivor benefits during shutdown A Maryland based charity has promised to ensure the families of fallen troops will be paid survivor benefits during the government shutdown. The Fisher House Foundation will ensure benefits including a $100,000 payment will be paid within days of a death, Fisher House spokesperson Kerri Childress told CNN."Under a government shutdown, the Department of Defense has no authority to pay death benefits to these families," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told CNN. As well as the payment, the benefits include funeral and burial reimbursements.

Global tensions are rising visibly, as the petrodollar-funded U.S. corporate government faces a January 18th start of gold-backed yuan-denominated oil trading, even while its still-unfunded January 31st payment deadline looms .

With barely two days before the US government runs out of money, and President Donald Trump feuding with Democrats over immigration, Republican congressional leaders scrambled Wednesday to avoid an embarrassing federal shutdown .

At the same time, some Republicans are threatening to withdraw their support for a short-term spending deal next week unless they receive assurances that spending caps on defense spending will be raised significantly.

In a note to clients Friday, Cowen Research’s Chris Krueger said he still thinks a short-term agreement is likely next week, avoiding a shutdown for now, though he notes that the situation is fluid and could change rapidly. However, Krueger added, the prospects for a long-term budget agreement aren’t looking good: “Shutdown sometime this year over DACA/TPS/Wall remains likely.”

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Trump said he’ll be blamed for shutdown 'no matter what': report .
<p>President Trump told aides that he believes he will be blamed for the government shutdown "no matter what," Politico reported.</p><div><br></div>"It's Trump — they're going to blame me no matter what," Trump reportedly said on Friday.

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