The federal government shut down for the first time in more than four years Friday after senators rejected a temporary spending patch and bipartisan efforts to find an alternative fell short as a midnight deadline came and went.
McConnell took to the senate floore to blast Dems for partisan politics:
“A government shutdown was 100 percent avoidable. Completely avoidable. Now it is imminent,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor following the vote. “Perhaps across the aisle some of our Democratic colleagues are feeling proud of themselves, but what has their filibuster accomplished? . . . The answer is simple: Their very own government shutdown.”
Here's Schumer after nearly every Democrat voted against the continuing resolution
"This will be called the Trump Shutdown,” says Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, adding that “blame should crash entirely” on Trump's shoulders. https://t.co/ZQL1qdcV3G pic.twitter.com/LG9XBqdpHu— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 20, 2018
Nancy Pelosi releases statement on government shutdown:— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 20, 2018
“Tonight, on the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Trump earned an ‘F’ for failure in leadership." pic.twitter.com/gPjBgnu82S
So, with vote at 50-48 (without McConnell's vote & McCain absent), clear there's a majority that supports GOP bill to keep govt open. But Dems near unanimous opposition will be enough to shut it down.— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) January 20, 2018