Blame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdown
First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing.
Minutes after a Senate bill collapsed Friday night, the blame games for the federal government shutdown began.
Republicans labeled it the "Schumer shutdown," after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The New York Democrat fired back, calling it "the Trump shutdown."
Here are some responses from lawmakers:
"This shutdown was avoidable. The WH created this crisis & the GOP leaders in Congress refused to negotiate with Democrats. We must pass a bipartisan solution to fund the government, guarantee health care for millions of kids & protect Dreamers. Americans expect & deserve it."
"Tonight, on the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Trump earned an 'F' for failure in leadership. President Trump and Congressional Republicans' obsession with passing a tax scam to benefit the wealthiest and corporations has blinded them to their responsibilities to the American people."
"The way forward is clear: Republican leaders and the President must pass a bipartisan solution like the one on the table to reopen the government, restore CHIP, and provide a place in America for DREAMers. The American people deserve nothing less. If anything, tonight has revealed once again -- the President does not have compassion for our fellow Americans who he put in this perilous situation."
"Republicans control all the levers of government. There can be no disputing who ultimately is responsible for the grossly irresponsible act of shutting down the government. Democrats have said from the very beginning that we are ready to sit down with Republicans & POTUS to pass legislation to prevent a shutdown and address pressing matters where we are already in agreement. I urge Republicans to end their #GOPshutdown without delay. Sit down with Democrats, and let's work together to meet Congress's responsibilities to the American people."
"Senate Democrats have let down our troops, our children, and all Americans. They will do anything to appease their base, even shut down the federal government. There is nothing in this bill to keep the government open that Democrats actually oppose, and yet they are blocking it nonetheless in a dangerous political ploy. All of this is just unnecessary. It is reckless. Senate Democrats have brought us to a shutdown."
"To prevent a government shutdown that would damage our economy and disrupt health care coverage for low-income children, I voted in support of the stop-gap funding bill. A government shutdown represents the ultimate failure to govern."
"Tonight, Senate Democrats made the choice to strip funding from the Children's Health Insurance Program and deny our troops the support they deserve through the #SchumerShutdown. This is reckless, irresponsible, and wrong."
"The facts before us are simple. Right now, the Democratic leader has no compromise immigration bill on the table. No bill exists. Why do Americans need to suffer from a government shutdown when he doesn't even have an immigration bill?"
By Faith Karimi, CNN. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
The Gayly – January 20, 2018 @ 7:30 a.m. CST.