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PoliticsFederal workers protest shutdown outside McConnell’s local office in Kentucky

07:05  11 january  2019
07:05  11 january  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Congress to reconvene with no end in sight for federal shutdown

Congress to reconvene with no end in sight for federal shutdown Congress to reconvene with no end in sight for federal shutdown

McConnell ’ s dining companion, Kentucky politician Jonathan Shell, characterized the protesting group as “small” and “extremist.” Shell criticized one protester who called McConnell “turtle head” and said, “We know where you live.” While the protest was attended by Louisville’s Democratic Socialists

McConnell aimed to schedule for the early hours of Monday another vote on short-term funding, to reopen the government until 8 February. In the Senate, a spokesman said Schumer had only spoken with McConnell for a matter of minutes. Party moderates convened their own meeting, outside which

Federal workers protest shutdown outside McConnell’s local office in Kentucky© Greg Nash Federal workers protest shutdown outside McConnell’s local office in Kentucky Federal workers furloughed or forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown protested outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R) office in Louisville, Ky. Thursday.

The American Federation of Government Employees' local chapter organized about 50 people to join the rally outside of McConnell's downtown office, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

The federal workers held signs saying "We Want to Work" and "End the Shutdown Now," nearly three weeks after the Dec. 22 shutdown was triggered over President Trump's demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Republican McConnell: Senate will not consider House Democratic bills to end shutdown

Republican McConnell: Senate will not consider House Democratic bills to end shutdown U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday the Senate will not consider bills Democrats plan to vote on in the House on Thursday that would end the government shutdown but not include President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall. "The Senate will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber and which the president will not sign," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Mr. McConnell ’ s office did not respond to a request for an interview. On Monday, nearly 100 opponents of the repeal protested outside Mr. McConnell ’ s northern Kentucky office . On Tuesday, more than a dozen organizations representing health care providers signed an open letter to Mr

Boehner persuaded McConnell to delay a Senate vote, in hopes of rallying his own caucus to end the Federal employees protest the government shutdown at a rally outside of the Capitol. As a result, local government functions, such as neighborhood trash collection and motor vehicle services

McConnell earlier Thursday blocked two House-passed funding bills to reopen the federal government.

The Kentucky Republican objected when nearly two dozen Senate Democrats tried to get consent to bring a bill that would fun the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, as well as a separate package to fund other agencies without current-year appropriations until the end of September.

Any senator can try to force a vote or pass a bill, but any one senator can block them, according to Senate rules.

"The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless - absolutely pointless - show votes back and forth across the aisle," McConnell said.

McConnell has vowed not to bring up a bill that the president would not support as the White House spars with Democrats over the $5.7 billion Trump wants to build the wall.

White House threatens to veto Democratic bills ending shutdown

White House threatens to veto Democratic bills ending shutdown The White House on Thursday formally opposed two Democratic bills that would end a partial government shutdown, now in its 13th day. "The Administration is committed to working with the Congress to reopen lapsed agencies, but cannot accept legislation that provides unnecessary funding for wasteful programs while ignoring the Nation's urgent border security needs," the White House Office of Management and Budget wrote in a statement of ad ministration policy. President Trump is insisting any funding bills provide $5 billion for his proposed border wall along the Southern border.

Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. (born February 20, 1942) is an American politician serving as Kentucky ’ s senior United States Senator and as Senate Majority Leader.

Mitch McConnell , R- Kentucky -- If Reid steers the ship, McConnell controls the headwinds. McConnell generally has been leery of running into a shutdown or default. In fact, one legislative The last government shutdown – A security guard informs people that the passport office is closed at

The thousands of furloughed employees not getting paid during the shutdown are expected to miss their first paychecks this week, The Courier Journal noted.

Some of the protesters outside of McConnell's office told the newspaper that they were against the wall.

Housing and Urban Development employee Anice Chenault called it "Sophie's choice" - she wants employees to get their wages but doesn't want Trump to get his wall.

"I think it's a racist policy," she said. "We have no crisis at the border."

Kristy Demas works for the U.S. Census Bureau in Jeffersonville, Indiana and was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

She told The Courier Journal that she's having trouble covering prescriptions, co-pays and other medical expenses when she's furloughed.

"I was already in the hole on the last paycheck, so now it's even worse," she said.

Demas has applied for unemployment benefits in Indiana but hasn't heard back yet.

The shutdown is heading into its third week on Friday and is poised to break a record this weekend as the longest shutdown ever.

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McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill that would reopen all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is at the center of the shutdown fight. But McConnell objected. The Senate GOP leader didn't exp lain his objection from the Senate floor but he has warned for weeks that he will not bring up a government funding bill unless it's the product of an agreement between congressional Democratic leadership and President Trump.

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