Republicans in Congress put a stop to a Democratic effort to reopen the government without providing $5 billion for border wall funding. The move undoubtedly showed President Trump and the White House that congressional Republicans are unified in their effort to fight for a border wall.
Only six Republicans voted for the bill which could have reopened the government as it enters its 25th-day being shut down, the Washington Examiner reports.
From the Washington Examiner:
Democrats had introduced the measure until special rules that allow for a more immediate vote, but also require a two-thirds vote for passage. The final vote was 237-187, falling short of that threshold. More than 50 additional Republican votes were needed to approve the bill under those rules.
A small group of House Republicans have voted for various House spending bills to re-open the government without wall money, but Tuesday’s garnered only single-digit GOP support.
About a dozen Republicans voted for spending measures last week that did not include wall funding. Those measures passed under under different rules requiring only a simple majority, but will still remain stuck because Senate Republicans won’t consider them.
According to the report, House Democratic leadership including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn believe Republicans in their chamber will eventually cave under pressure to reopen the government.
“We are going to continue to do our job,” Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries said to reporters on Tuesday, per the Washington Examiner. “We hope the Republicans increasingly start to demand that the Republican leadership start to do their job as well.”
Despite a small number of defectors in the House, the Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has remained rock solid in not taking up funding bills from the House which would reopen the government without border wall funding.
From the Washington Post:
The longest government shutdown in history has no end in sight. It is gumming up other Senate priorities and has put McConnell in an unfamiliar role — spectator.
By choice, he has stepped away from the talks to resolve the impasse over $5.7 billion for President Trump’s border wall, which is at the core of the dispute, while refusing to vote on House bills to reopen the government. Trump wants wall funding. Democrats don’t. McConnell is leaving it to them to work it out.
Still, he has retained the support of most fellow Republican senators, who appear to be largely united behind his strategy, despite some growing concerns about the impact of the lapse in government services.
One after another, McConnell’s top lieutenants took turns speaking after him Tuesday, blaming Democrats for the shutdown and standing in lockstep with the majority leader.
McConnell has mostly remained out of the funding negotiations and instead has deferred responsibility to President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress. McConnell has vowed not to take up a bill for a vote which Trump would not sign into law.
“The solution to the problem is for the president of the United States, the only person of the 330 million or so of us who can sign something into law, reaches an agreement with the Democratic majority in the House and enough Democrats in the Senate,” McConnell said, per the Washington Post.