McConnell blocks vote on House-passed bills to reopen government

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Some Republican senators gathered with Jared Kushner Wednesday afternoon to try to hammer out a broader immigration and border security deal that could appeal to Democrats, but no Democrats were present. Each side is scheduled to address the nation Tuesday evening.

It's not about which bill we're voting on.

"The only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government".

President Donald Trump said his Homeland Security officials will "make a plea" for the border wall with Mexico during a briefing for congressional leaders Wednesday at the White House as the partial government shutdown over his demand for wall funding entered its 12th day. "Let me be clear: these are Republican bills". That bill passed because a citizen-led movement forced Congress and the president to act, he said.

Trump was to give a speech making his case for the wall, a central promise during his 2016 campaign, in a nationally televised speech later on Tuesday. "Democrats must block consideration of any bills that don't reopen the government".

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"This was the message that Democrats ran on and won in 2018 ― fixing our broken democracy ― and we intend to keep the promise to the American people", Udall said. "We won't be doing pieces".

"This is the challenge we have: Democrats who say, 'I can't talk about anything until the government is open, '" he added.

Maryland's other senator, Ben Cardin, along with Virginia's two senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner were among the Democrats saying they also won't vote to move any measures unrelated to the shutdown, as did Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey. "We could reopen much of government where there's no dispute over issues involving certain departments like Ag, Transportation, Housing, and Interior".

Tlaib responded to Rubio by clarifying that her "they" referred to "U.S. Senators like yourself, who are seeking to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to free speech".

A growing coalition of Senate Democrats - hailing primarily from states that have a large population of federal workers, as well as the contingent of senators eyeing presidential bids in 2020 - say the chamber should not vote on anything else until the shutdown ends.

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"Today Senate Democrats made a decision to put shutdown politics ahead of support for Israel by voting against beginning debate on our Senate Bill 1".

According to Democratic leaders Sen.

The Republican Jewish Coalition joined in blaming Democrats. That final piece of the package would authorize the general counsel on behalf of the speaker to intervene in the Texas v.

'And if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected'. And he's still threatening to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress if he can't get the wall money from them.

Lawmakers believe the pressure will begin to mount on them as the days go on.

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Moreover, committee assignments have yet to be finalized, so organizational meetings that panels typically hold before beginning legislative business have yet to occur. "But it's time now for the president and his administration to take the full import of the consequences of his actions".

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