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PoliticsGovernment shutdown: How much longer can Mitch McConnell sit it out?

23:55  11 january  2019
23:55  11 january  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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.

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.

How common is a shutdown ? There have been 13 government shutdowns in the US since 1981 On Saturday the White House released a photograph of the president sitting alone in the Oval McConnell aimed to schedule for the early hours of Monday another vote on short-term funding, to

Government shutdown: How much longer can Mitch McConnell sit it out?© Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS U.S. President Donald Trump, center, talks to the press after the Republican luncheon at the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON - Congress' most powerful Republican has intentionally taken a back seat in the negotiations over how to end the government shutdown, even as it extends to a record three weeks with no resolution on the horizon.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has gotten Congress out of a lot of political jams in the past decade, including other shutdowns, fiscal cliffs and funding disputes.

But he's ceded control over the latest Washington stalemate to President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government

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.

In United States politics, a government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass sufficient appropriation bills or continuing resolutions to fund federal government operations and agencies

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) listens to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (L) as they attend a press event on tax Anyone who’s read the Senate rules knows that Mitch McConnell has far more power to stop (Emphasis added) If the majority actually wants to pass a bill, then all they have to do is wait it out .

It's partly a reflection of the changing political dynamic now that Democrats control one chamber of Congress. But it may also say something about McConnell's evolving approach to dealing with an unpredictable president such as Trump, particularly in areas where they may disagree.

"Mitch understands what makes the mules plow around here, and certainly, I would like to see him involved more," said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., who acknowledged the Kentucky Republican leader's ability to negotiate. "I see his point of view. Until Mrs. Pelosi and President Trump can even try to find a sliver of common ground, what could he contribute? I haven't seen that sliver yet."

McConnell has pledged that he and other Senate Republicans are aligned with Trump - although cracks have emerged, particularly among Republicans up for reelection in 2020. That leaves little place for McConnell in the public debate until Trump - the most powerful Republican figure in Washington, as well as the states where many Republicans will face reelection in two years - can find some kind of compromise with Democrats.

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

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. 

From October 1 to October 17, 2013, the United States federal government entered a shutdown and curtailed most routine operations because neither legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014

McConnell , stop sitting on your hands. End this government shutdown . With Trump and Democrats at an impasse, Sen. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a press conference today to discuss President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the

Democrats say the Senate majority leader has "abdicated" his responsibility and handed the keys to the castle to Trump, particularly by blocking votes on government funding bills approved by the Democrat-led House. A half dozen or so Republican senators have indicated they might support reopening the government without border wall money.

"He thinks he's losing his caucus, and he doesn't want a vote on the floor," said Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill. "His caucus is pretty tired of this shutdown, and he doesn't want a visible manifestation of that."

McConnell has a record of negotiating bipartisan deals as well as protecting his Republican members from politically costly votes. Five years ago, McConnell referred to himself as "the guy that gets us out of shutdowns." He back-channeled during the Obama administration with Vice President Joe Biden, his longtime Senate colleague, to construct deals to raise the debt limit and fund the government.

Two Democratic senators call for blocking votes unrelated to shutdown

Two Democratic senators call for blocking votes unrelated to shutdown Both Democratic senators from Maryland said Sunday that the Senate shouldn't take up any legislation unrelated to the partial government shutdown until a vote is taken to reopen the government. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wrote on Twitter that Democrats in the Senate "should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government," while also calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow a vote to reop en the government. "Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks from a vote Monday after the Senate voted to advance a bill financing the government . | Earlier, McConnell had stressed that the Senate wouldn't move on immigration bills until the government was operating again.

Senator Mitch McConnell , the majority leader, arrived at the Capitol on Monday. “They say they want to negotiate so much so that they were willing to shut down the government ,” Ms Mr. McConnell said on Monday morning that the Senate would move ahead with a scheduled procedural

McConnell never wanted a shutdown. Last month, he led his Republican lawmakers into a vote for a government spending bill without wall money. Senate Republicans approved the bill thinking the White House was on board or confident that Trump would feel pressured to sign it. Instead, Trump bashed the approach as inadequate and the government shut down.

At least Trump didn't attack his fellow Republicans on Twitter. In a rare example of restraint, Trump cast his social media ire on Democrats.

Now McConnell, perhaps burned but famously unmoved by public pressure, is staying largely in the background. He says the Senate won't vote again on a spending bill until Trump and Democratic leaders publicly approve it.

"That is the only way to move the country forward," he said earlier this week.

Some of his fellow Republicans fear there won't be a solution until McConnell gets involved, whether publicly or privately.

McConnell "is one of the best you've ever known in the inner workings of the Senate," said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the top Senate appropriator. "Sometimes there is nothing going on (publicly), but it's about what could be going on" that members don't see.

McConnell notably absent as Trump talks shutdown fight after meeting with Hill leaders

McConnell notably absent as Trump talks shutdown fight after meeting with Hill leaders Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- who argued publicly this week that he has a limited role to play in resolving the standoff over government funding -- was notably absent from a news conference with President Donald Trump Friday that followed his high-stakes meeting with congressional leaders to discuss the ongoing government shutdown. While McConnell and Sen.

How long have previous shutdowns lasted? The last government shutdown , in October 2013, lasted 16 days. Since the modern budget process All eyes are on how whether Republican concessions are enough to secure Democrats to break ranks and vote through the resolution to reopen the government .

Once again, a government shutdown is conceivable. This occasioned some hurried voting Thursday and a meeting between President Trump and 8. Trump struck the deal with the Democratic leaders, cutting out the GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan who were sitting right there

McConnell has stayed relatively quiet, except to reaffirm that Senate Republicans stand by Trump. This week, he blocked Democrats' efforts to try to pass bills to reopen the government and chided Democrats for filibustering unrelated legislation he tried to move during the shutdown. He skipped two of Trump's lengthy appearances before reporters at the White House, even though his House Republican counterparts stood behind the president. Aides say he didn't know about the first press conference.

Since then, he hasn't embraced any off-ramps or voiced an opinion about Trump's threat to declare a national emergency to divert military funds for a wall.

Early Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., floated an immigration proposal that he suggested would end the standoff. "The last best hope to solve this problem is in the Senate," he said as he crafted a plan to fund the government with border funding in exchange for providing protections for certain immigrants known as "Dreamers."

But after huddling with McConnell on the plan, Graham declared it dead and called for Trump to declare the border a national emergency.

The White House seems to appreciate McConnell's approach.

"Leader McConnell is standing strong. He's in the room ... he's been in the room every step of the way," Vice President Mike Pence told reporters in the Capitol this week. "Republicans are standing rock solid with the president and Leader McConnell is right there with them."

In fact, McConnell's diminished role may help Republicans: It reinforces the GOP message that the shutdown is a battle between Trump and Democrats in Congress, not Republicans. Recent polling suggests that Americans first blame Trump for the shutdown, then Democrats and, finally, Republicans.

About half of voters, or 47 percent, blame Trump for the shutdown, according to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll. A third of respondents blame Democrats in Congress, and 5 percent say it rests with congressional Republicans.

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McConnell blocks Senate Democrats' move to re-open government.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a move by Senate Democrats on Thursday to get the chamber to vote on spending bills to reopen the government.

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