Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdown

By , , , on January 21, 2018


US Capitol, west side (Photo By Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)
US Capitol, west side (Photo By Martin Falbisoner – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)

WASHINGTON — Feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to dodge blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showing few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end a government shutdown.

The finger-pointing played out in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively working for a solution — or at least actively making the case the other party was at fault. The scene highlighted political stakes for both parties in an election-year shutdown.

Democrats refused to provide votes needed to reopen government until they strike a deal with President Donald Trump protecting young immigrants from deportation, providing disaster relief and boosting spending for opioid treatment and other domestic programs.

The Senate planned a vote by early Monday on a spending extension.