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Mitch McConnell
  U.S. Senate Sens. Mc Connell post Cloture Vote  CSPAN  January 20, 2018 1:31pm-1:39pm EST

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, thels back to gop leaders president met with chuck schumer. he writes white house is negotiating with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell on a way out of the government shutdown after talks with minority leader chuck schumer failed on friday. secretary sanders told roll call, because the white house and gop leaders need some democratic support to clear a 60 vote threshold, it's not clear how this approach would solve republicans sent a math problem. john bennett writes it's possible white house officials are working with mcconnell on approach discussed late friday and early saturday on the senate andr by a bipartisan group an the group's proposal, senate democrats will i with three-week continuing resolution to pass and mcconnell would allow a floor debate on legislation to address the expiring deferred action on childhood arrivals immigration program in the coming weeks. read more at that cloture vote last night,
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the vote to move forward to the continuing resolution failed on the senate floor and after that, we heard from senate leaders, starting with mitch mcconnell. senator mcconnell: i just want to call to be attention my colleagues, part of the statement of the white house press secretary tonight, presumably on behalf of the administration. that simply says we will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. that appropriate the represents the white house view of where we are. mr. president, we just witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision by senate democrats to shove aside millions of americans for the sake of irresponsible political games. shutdown was 100% avoidable. completely avoidable.
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now, it is imminent. all because the democrats chose to filibuster a noncontroversial funding bill that contains nothing. not a thing they do not support. nothing they do not support. aisle, somess the of our democratic colleagues are feeling proud of themselves. but what has the filibuster accomplished? what has accomplished? the answer is simple. their very own government shutdown. the shutdown affects on the american people will come as no surprise. all week, as we stood on the floor, begged our colleagues to come to their senses, senate republicans have described exactly what this will mean for america's men and women in uniform, shutting down the government means delayed pay.
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thousandsor the many of civilian employees who support their missions, it means , and for the families of fallen heroes, it may well mean a freeze on survival death benefits. for veterans who rely on our promise of care, shutting down the government means threatening their access to treatment. for so many americans are struggling with opioid addiction , the same is true. thanks to the democratic leaders decision to filibuster an extension of the state children's health insurance program, low income families will slip closer to losing health coverage for their kids. in many states, this is an emergency. understanding which one of these outcomes my democratic colleagues could possibly be proud of. which one of them?
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the otherr friends on side took some bad advice. really bad advice. i would hate to be having to try to explain this myself. governors, including seven democrats who wrote congress begging us to extend for 9 million children. i the needs of millions -- ignore the needs of millions of americans rely on the federal government for services. overhold all this hostage the completely unrelated issue of illegal immigration. republicans in the senate have done all we can to continue the normal operations of the federal government. and secure certainty for these s chip kids.
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we can pass it tonight. if you go to the president for signatures. these kids would be ok. we are to continue to do all we can. we will vote again so the american people knows who stands for them. and when our friends across the i'll remember who it is actually represents, we will be ready to come together in a bipartisan discussion will be necessary to clean up all of this mess. we've all been having private conversations here on the floor, was everybody on both sides doesn't understand how we ended up here. because most of the stuff, we agree on. it's only one reason we ended up here. shoehorning of illegal immigration into this debate.
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that, there's a lot of sympathy in this body for doing something about the doctor kids. it's not like nobody is interested in that. we've been talking about for three months. but the one reason we are where we are is because we couldn't close out any of these other component parts because our friends on the other side said you have to deal with this issue. this issue is the key to getting defense spending. this issue is the key to getting help for us to kids and on and on and on. most of the american people believe that shutting down the government's over this , which doesn't even ripen until march, is irresponsible. and i just listed all the people who are going to be adversely
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impacted by this action. votinge going to keep on , and the government may be heading into shutdown, but the senate is not shutting down. we are hoping to talk. and resolve this. i don't think a makes the us to should look very responsible. the american people should expect better from us. then this. >> mr. president, very sadly, we are on the precipice of government shutdown. the majority leader only just allow us to vote on a continuing resolution that he knew lacked the votes long before this hour. it's not just democrats who oppose this cr, several republicans did as well.