Schumer calls Trump ‘abandon the wall” as the DC faces shutdown stalemate

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called for President Trump to “abandon the wall” Saturday, if he wants to re-open the government, said to get Trump on the votes in the Senate, it is financed-hours after the government shut down a cul-de-SAC, on the financing for Trump signature 2016 campaign promise.

“It will never pass the Senate, not today, not next week, not next year. So President Trump, if you want to open the government, they are being put to the wall, said plain and simple,” Schumer in the Senate.

The partial shutdown began at midnight on Saturday, a few hours after the house of representatives and the Senate adjourned without a financing agreement for the President’s Desk. The down is expected to take at least a couple of days, with sources on both sides of the aisle say, Fox News, Washington might be able to take a longer. The Senate adjourned on Saturday afternoon and was not due to meet for a scheduled session until Thursday.

Vice-President Mike Pence and Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney arrived at the Capitol Saturday afternoon to meet with Schumer continuation of the negotiations for an end to the impasse. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that “productive discussions are ongoing.”

“If these negotiations a solution acceptable to all parties-which means that 60 votes in the Senate, a majority in the house, and a presidential signature — at this point, we take it up here in the Senate,” he said.

Late Saturday afternoon, a Schumer spokesman said that “the vice-President came into a discussion and made an offer. Unfortunately, we are still very far away.”


The main sticking point of the negotiations was the financing for Trump signature 2016 campaign, the wall promises to the southern border. Trump had requested $ 5.7 billion for wall-financing and an invoice, that the funding passed the house on Friday. But the efforts have derailed in the Senate, where 60 votes were required for passage and, therefore, Democrat votes are required in connection with the support by the GOP.

Democrats have poured cold water on the idea that you would support, all in the vicinity. Schumer, in his remarks Saturday, said that the wall was a “bone on a hard right”, and she had proposed $1.3 billion for “border security”.

“I have heard, the President and his allies in the media to say that Democrats don’t support border security. Nothing could be further from the truth. Democrats have always been for smart and effective ways to secure our border,” he said. “We are pushing for the technology, such as drones and sensors, and inspection equipment.”

McConnell accused to secure Democrats, away from the past, support for border security, and said they had a “reasonable request” for the $5 billion in financing.


“You have to meet the President of Trump refused on half-way and even offer a fifth of the resources for the border, they were ready only a few months ago,” he said in the Senate.

Trump was keen to blame Democrats for the impasse, and on Friday, called for McConnell to rely on the so-called “nuclear option”, which require a change in Senate procedure to approve only a simple majority of the bill-therefore, the Republicans are allowed to override Democratic objections.

“Mitch, do you use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our country is counting on you!” he tweeted on Friday.


Late on Friday, he stressed the need for a wall in a video he posted on Twitter, and he blamed the shutdown on the Democrats.

“We have a standstill, we can do nothing about it, because we need the Democrats to give us their votes,” he said. “They call it is a Democrat shutdown, call it what you want, but we need your help to get this approved.”

This contrasts with the remarks last week during an explosive Oval Office face-off with Schumer and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., he said he was “proud” to shut down the government for border protection.

“I’ll take the coat. I’ll be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” he said.

On Saturday, Trump held a lunch at the White house to discuss border security with staff, and top conservatives, including and Mark meadows, R-S. C., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., Sen., Mike Lee, R-Utah. The inclusion of some of the hardliners votes on immigration, it would probably serve to harden the trump card is to secure them against loosening to the bottom of the wall.


The Senate appropriations bill, passed on Wednesday, the base calculation for the financing, and that the allocated $ 1.6 billion for the border security. But it has not cap to spend all the money under administration. There is an additional $900 million is available, could in theory go in the direction of the funding of the wall. If it was reserved, it could Trump offer total wall – border-package of over $ 2.5 billion.

While there seemed to be little movement, on Saturday, the Sunday is likely to be a crucial day for the negotiations to end the shutdown. The legislature were to be promoted with the aim of a provisional agreement on all seven of the outstanding appropriation bills until the end of September 2019. A senior source close to the negotiations told Fox News that they want to see “on Sunday morning, if there is a center-of-gravity” for hammering out a deal.

Fox News said Trump would accept the increase in the wall-financing, and that the administration believes it can find additional in-wall money to the various programs of the Federal government, which could be “reprogrammed” for the wall. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on “America’s Newsroom” this week, there are “other ways we can get to $5 billion.”

The Congress has a little room for movement, as it has been a weekend, followed by Christmas eve-for the trombone, the Federal government workers a day off-and then it’s Christmas. This does not mean, therefore, that the partial shutdown bite completely until Wednesday.


About a quarter of the government will be affected in a shutdown. Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments, the shutter speed, along with dozens of agencies. These departments are: agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, housing and urban development, Interior, justice, state, transportation and Treasury.

Central persons would still be required to work without pay. Nearly 90 percent of Homeland Security employees as essential.

Approximately 420,000 employees are considered essential, and work is unpaid, while more than 380,000 people furloughed will mean in the end, you will experience a temporary holiday from their work


Most of the NASA, housing and Urban development, trade and National Park Service employees. In addition, approximately 52,000 IRS workers are furloughed.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will remain open, as always, in the case of a partial government shutdown, because it is “an independent organization, which she said is funded through the sale of our products and services, and not by tax dollars,” a spokesman for Fox News.

TSA agents, air traffic controllers and border security agents are required to have a shut down – even if you may not get a paycheck immediately.

Amtrak, a government corporation, will continue the normal operations in a short-term shutdown, a spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

Members of Congress continue to be paid, as the legislative appropriations already approved back in September, and the 27th Amendment bars “”varying the compensation” for the legislature, until after each election.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Mike Emanuel and Matt Leach, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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