Trump Prods Senate to Use Nuclear Option

Welcome to Day 2 of the government shutdown
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2018 8:11 AM CST
Trump Prods Senate to Use Nuclear Option
In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, President Trump speaks to the March for Life participants from the Rose Garden of the White House.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Trump came out swinging on the second day of the government shutdown, reports the Washington Post, tweeting Sunday that Senate "Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked," and that "If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he's not open to using the nuclear option, which would circumvent the need for 60 votes, and will gavel open a session at 1pm Sunday. The Post notes that McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "did little in public Saturday besides trade insults" and that negotiations appear deadlocked with the clock ticking until Monday morning, when about a million federal workers either will or won't go to work. (More President Trump stories.)

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