Two dueling bills to end the partial government shutdown have failed.
The proposal from President Donald Trump was $5.7 billion for a southern border wall in exchange for three years of DACA protections the president previously took away.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying, “We need a compromise that can pass both chambers and earn a presidential signature”.
The Democrats’ plan; no border wall money, but fund the government until February 8th and continue talks on border security.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying, “A vote for the president’s plan is endorsement of government by extortion”.
Late this afternoon, both proposals failed, despite moderate Democratic and Republican Senators crossing over to support both.
Senator Joe Manchin saying, “This is not only a catastrophe; it is an emergency.”
Senator Susan Murkowski saying, “My hope is we will now be able to get down to work”.
Trump declaring on Twitter, “We will not Cave!”
More and more federal agencies, unions, and workers from the FBI to air traffic controllers are sounding the alarm.
Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants, says, “this is about our safety, our security, and our jobs, and our entire country economic stability. No one will get out of this unscathed if we don’t stop this shutdown.”
Tomorrow will be the second missed paycheck for 800,000 federal workers since the shutdown began last month.