Senate leadership on Tuesday signed an agreement to vote on the dueling of proposals to reopen the federal government.
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Trump's proposal should win over seven Democrats, alongside every Republican Senate, to overcome the filibuster. No Democratic senator has said that they support it. Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP tries to turn story into shutdown-fight Senate to vote on the dueling of government funding accounts This week: Congress that goes in opposite directions on closure plans MORE (DW.Va.), the only Democrat still in the room is and a larger Trump-proposed immigration deal last year, is undecided about the new, more narrow effort, according to a spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Democrats, which have 47 seats, will need 13 Republicans to make the emergency call bill. The senate had previously received a CR at the end of December to finance the quarter of the government affected by the closure until February 8, only for Trump to oppose the measure because there is no additional financing for the US border wall and Mexico was.
A handful of Republican senators have dared to hold an ongoing three-week (CR) resolution in exchange for the Senate Credit Committee that agrees with Trump's request for a border.
But that idea is struggling to get grip outside a group of centrist senators and Trump has shot similar ideas in public.
McConnell told CNN after the action on the ground that "of course" he will oppose the ongoing resolution (CR) in February.
There is no guarantee that both laws will allow the votes to succeed and break the months-long stalemate that has closed about a quarter of the government.
The McConnell office immediately pushed back against the characterization of Senate administration that had an "agreement" to vote.
Although McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCongress: Americans in Puerto Rico still need our help Airbnb does the dirty work of the Democrats Protecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress MORE (DN.Y.) that the competing measures has set up with unanimous consent, which means that neither one has objected, they disagree about the path of the partial shutdown.
A Democratic assistant said that the trade-off was that in exchange for McConnell's leap forward on a first procedural hurdle, they were given a 60-threshold vote in connection with their stopgap account to temporarily reopen the government.
Schumer thanked McConnell after he had drafted the votes and pointed to the Democratic proposal as a way out of the funding battle.
"We have a second amendment that can break us from the swamp we are in. … For the first time, we will have a vote on whether or not to open up the government without any decision on border security," Schumer said. .
About a quarter of the government has been closed since December 22 after Congress and Trump had not agreed on the financing of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.
McConnell argued earlier Tuesday that the White House supported proposal was the only option on the table that could end the stalemate, as this is the only measure that Trump has approved.
"The opportunity to end all this is to stare straight into our faces, so we are voting on this Senate floor this week, and all we need to do is let our Democratic counterparts agree that it time to place the country ahead of politics, yes, to take an answer and vote to leave this stalemate behind us, "McConnell said.
But the Democrats have been trying to increase the pressure for the careful GOP leader to break with the president in the funding struggle, something that members of his leadership team have said that this will not happen.
McConnell has blocked the House passed package that would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until February 8 and the rest of the affected departments and agencies until September 30.
Schumer, earlier Tuesday, struck McConnell for trying to blame for the shutdown fight against the Democrats, referring to the GOP leader as a "co-conspirator" of Trump.
"It was not a proposal with good faith … The President's proposal is one-sided, hard-hearted partisan and was made in bad faith," he added.