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Schumer: GOP Has 'Forgotten the Lessons of the Founding Fathers' by Not Compromising

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WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the government shutdown a “manufactured crisis” created by Democrats who want a permanent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fix, which he referred to as a “non-emergency” issue that does not belong in the short-term spending bill to continue federal government operations.

“The one non-emergency issue our friends on the other side of the aisle are trying to shoehorn into this discussion doesn’t reach that status of emergency until March. This is pure folly. The American people know so, that's why in a recent survey a majority said keeping the government open is a higher priority than shutting down the government over the issue of illegal immigration,” McConnell said during a Senate floor speech today.

“That's why headlines all across America are laying the blame for this government shutdown right at the feet of Senate Democrats and their filibuster,” he added. “Now, the Democratic leader could end this today. We can get past this manufactured crisis and get on to a host of serious issues before us that require thoughtful bipartisan negotiations. This shutdown could get a lot worse tomorrow, a lot worse. Today would be a good day to end it.”

Due to a recent federal court ruling, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun accepting status renewal requests from DACA beneficiaries.

McConnnell said Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) opposed the House-passed short-term continuing resolution, which included a six-year authorization of CHIP, because President Trump didn’t agree to “everything” he wanted in their Friday meeting.

“The House already passed [the CR]. The president was ready to sign it. We were poised to send him this compromised solution and erase the threat of a shutdown but unfortunately my friend, the Democratic leader, had other ideas. Now, we all know in the Senate the minority has the power to filibuster; I support that right from an institutional point of view, but the question is when do you use it? On Friday, the Democratic leader made the extraordinary and destructive choice to filibuster our bipartisan bill and guarantee the American people a shutdown of their federal government,” McConnell said.

“Now, it's the second day of the Senate Democrat filibuster, and the Senate Democrats’ shutdown of the federal government because the president wouldn't resolve months of ongoing negotiations over massive issues in one brief meeting and give the Democratic leader everything he wants, my friend across the aisle has shut down the government for hundreds of millions of Americans because he didn't get everything he wanted in one meeting Friday with the president,” he added.

Schumer blamed Trump for the shutdown, adding that Republicans “failed” to negotiate with Democrats on adding a DACA solution to the CR.