USA government shutdown enters third day as planned Senate vote abandoned

Trump's dealmaker image tarnished by US government shutdown

Trump's dealmaker image tarnished by US government shutdown

It means federal agencies and services will remained closed when the working week begins.

"We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country", the President said, as he met separately with Senators of each party on the matter.

As the two parties continued to exchange blame for the shutdown, it was unclear whether they would be able to strike an agreement.

The parties wrangled over whether the vote to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should take place before or after the time frame in which the compromise bill would fund the government. "And I think we're never going to get there as long as we embrace concepts that can not possibly get 60 votes".

The shutdown took effect on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the president's inauguration, but the White House maintains that Trump came out the victor in the GOP's standoff with Democrats.

Trump goaded Democrats from the sidelines, accusing them of placing non-citizens ahead of Americans, shutting down the government in the service of "their far left base".

Democrats largely opposed the bill because it did not include legal protections for DREAMers, the undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children and were covered under an Obama-era order.

Top Democratic leader Dick Durbin refused to say when the shutdown would end.

The U.S. government can not fully operate without funding bills that are voted in Congress regularly.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., weighed in that the president is not being well-served by staff in the negotiations over immigration issues that are key to resolving the impasse and reopening the government.

The shutdown is the first since a 16-day closure in October 2013. Meanwhile, federal courts in Chicago kept their doors open Monday.

The legislation would have provided a fiscal rescue package to keep funding the government until 16 February which means now the government has run out of money.

He called on McCaskill to condemn every single senator in her party who voted for the shutdown.

"Now we have a deadline and we have bipartisan willingness to deal with the issue", said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican.

In further embarrassment for Mr Trump on the anniversary of his inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of United States cities to march against the president and his policies. The deals either collapsed in the Senate or were never even brought up in the House, where sentiment against anything that could be branded as "amnesty" runs deep.

Trump early Sunday encouraged the Senate's Republican leaders to invoke the "nuclear option" - a procedural maneuver to change the chamber's rules to allow passage of a budget by a simple majority of 51 votes to end the shutdown. Republican leadership would need about a dozen Democrats to ensure the legislation can clear a potential filibuster. But McConnell rejected the idea.

But Republicans eager to oust her in 2018 are trying hard to blame her for the shutdown anyway.

In a Senate floor speech on Sunday, McConnell accused Schumer of imperiling children's healthcare, military training, veterans' care and other programs.

"I'm willing to seal the deal, to sit and work right now with the president or anyone he designates - let's get it done", Schumer said. Even if the Senate voted on an immigration proposal, its prospects in the House would be grim.

The exchange occurred during the White House reality show Trump staged to counter the negative portrait in Michael Wolff's controversial best-seller, "Fire and Fury", several days before he further inflamed negotiations with his widely reported derogatory reference to the birthplaces of many USA immigrants. "They could open this today if they wanted to", Mulvaney said.

"The great deal making president sat on the sidelines".

The poll also found that 56 percent of registered voters believed that approving a budget agreement to avoid a shutdown is more important than continuing the DACA program. Treasury futures prices eased and the dollar index against a basket of currencies was slightly weaker.

Both sides are convinced they have the upper hand - one reason why the shutdown could last for a while.

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