With the partial government shutdown poised to become the longest in history, some congressional Republicans are throwing their hands up in defeat.
Senate Republicans have not had much of a role to play in the partial government shutdown, which has primarily been a stand-off between President Trump and congressional Democrats. But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and some of his colleagues have been attempting to work out their own solution. Theirs would involve the government re-opening as members of Congress debate an immigration bill, with Republicans potentially throwing DACA into the mix to get Democrats on board with wall funding, reports Politico.
But on Thursday, Graham suggested he is essentially giving up and doesn't know what else he and his colleagues can do, as Politico reports his idea was a non-starter with Trump seeing as there would be no guarantee that their immigration bill would go anywhere.
"I see no path forward," Graham said, NBC reports. He added that he's "done" trying to strike a deal because "I don't know who to talk to and I don't know what else to do." He also said, per The New York Times, that when it comes to a solution, he has "never felt more depressed than I do now."
Graham wasn't the only Republican in a bad mood about the whole thing, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) saying a potential immigration deal with Democrats was essentially no more, The Washington Post reports. Don't expect this to change anytime soon, as Politico reports members of the Senate were headed home for the weekend by 2:00 p.m. Brendan Morrow
As some fear the partial government shutdown could stretch on through much of January, President Trump is issuing a far more dire projection.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Friday that in a meeting with Democrats, Trump said he's willing to leave the government in shutdown mode for "months or even years," The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports. This would conceivably leave nearly 800,000 federal workers without pay going into the 2020 election cycle — including, as CBS News' Kathryn Watson points out, members of Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Lawmakers have clashed over funding for border security, leading to the shutdown.
Friday's meeting, it appears, brought little progress, as Schumer says Democrats again pleaded with Trump to re-open the government but he resisted. Trump continues to demand $5 billion in border wall funding, an idea that is a nonstarter with Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that the Democrats' meeting with Trump was "lengthy" and "sometimes contentious," per CNN's Manu Raju. Trump, on the other hand, called it "very, very productive." Brendan Morrow