Who should take the blame for a government shutdown?

Who should take the blame for a government shutdown?

Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that passed the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown. Democrats, however, remain largely opposed to the measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), because they want it tied to a larger immigration deal over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and border security.

The joint resolution passed the House 230-197.

The House voted Thursday night to avert a government shutdown, sending the bill on to the Senate, where its future is much less certain.

Ryan went on to mention a segment CNN's Wolf Blitzer questioning how Republicans can let the government shut down while being in control of the House, the Senate, and the White House.

President urged Senate Democrats to get behind a short-term spending bill Friday morning as the deadline for funding the government loomed only hours away.

"A government shutdown will be devastating to our military...something the Dems care very little about!"

The Republican leadership has little room for error with Democrats threatening to withhold their support from any bill that does not reinstate protections for people brought to the USA illegally as minors, commonly referred to as "Dreamers".

"If this bill passes, there'll be no incentive to negotiate, and we'll be right back here in a month with the same problems at our feet", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. "I think we're making progress on DACA, but I think it's unrealistic to think there's going to be a solution in the next five days", Short said. The White House put out a statement later that he did support it, and the president ultimately helped win over reluctant House conservatives to vote for the bill.

"My Democratic colleagues' demand on illegal immigration at the behest of their far left base have crowded out all other important business, crowded it out", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

After the shutdown began, Trump noted that the stock market had done well, arguing that closing the government might even be good for the economy. Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, of conservative-leaning West Virginia, said on Wednesday he would be a yes vote.

"The reality is Republicans are united in keeping the government open".

Arriving at the Pentagon for a visit, Mr Trump told reporters the government "could very well" shut down on Friday.

During an appearance in Pennsylvania yesterday, Trump tried to rally his supporters against Democrats.

Trump's unpredictable Twitter outbursts and sudden changes of position also have bedeviled Republican leaders as they maneuver to cut a deal.

A deal is just what Congress needs to come up with and fast otherwise the government will run out of money. Now, it heads to the Senate, where its fate isn't quite clear.

"I really believe the Democrats want to shut down to get off the subject of the tax cuts because they worked so well", said the President. At that juncture, he said he would do everything in his power to blunt this threat; after all, so many Virginians - federal workers as well as private employees - would suffer the consequences of such a move.