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US shutdown: White House voicemail changed to blame Democrats

Chuck Schumer announced that his caucus would support a continuing resolution to reopen the government for three weeks.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told Fox News on Monday that if the Senate approved a temporary spending bill to reopen the government until February 8, the House would approve it, too.

The deal was reached after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged that it was Republicans' "intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security and related issues, as well as disaster relief". He's one of 10 Democrats running again in states that Trump won in 2016.

But the shutdown's continuing into Monday means that hundreds of thousands of workers stayed home and key federal agencies were affected.

"No offense to anyone involved, I know all those senators, I like them, but Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake don't represent where the majority of Republicans in the Senate are, let alone here, so how can they be lead negotiators on that?" said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., referring to Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona and another champion of Graham-Durbin. "If he does not. he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic senators, but members of his own party as well", Schumer said before the vote to end debate.

Although the ad does not explicitly mention the shutdown, it comes as congressional leaders from both parties try to reach a deal to fund the government and find a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders expects that to be early this evening, she told reporters Monday.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said he thought Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY agreed to push back the vote to give his caucus "a chance to chew" on a GOP proposal to break the impasse.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

Even some Republicans are complaining about the White House's role in the negotiations, though they have pinned the blame not on Trump but on the staff around him.

"How can you negotiate with the president under those circumstances where he agrees face to face to move forward with a certain path and then within two hours calls back and pulls the plug?" asked Sen. "Now, he is leading the filibuster that is actually stopping the Senate from passing this government funding mechanism", said Davis. Congress needs to work across the aisle to protect Nevada's Dreamers and TPS workers, fund our community health centers, and pass a long-term budget that provides certainty for our government, our military, and our economy.

McConnell's commitment follows hours of behind-the-scenes talks between the leaders and rank-and-file lawmakers over how to end the two-day display of legislative dysfunction. In a second tweet, he said, "Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base".

The problem this time focused on immigration policy, principally President Donald Trump's order a year ago ending an Obama program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which gave legal protections to "Dreamer" immigrants.

"Last week, I was moved to tears of joy when Democrats stood up and fought for progressive values and for Dreamers".

The government has been running on a series of short-term budget bills since October 1 because Congress has been unable to agree on a year-long spending package. Among those also opposing the measure were Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

"I don't think people in either party do very well in November if they're the party that allows deportations of young people to take place", said Pennsylvania Sen.

However, the hashtag #TrumpShutdown was also trending on Twitter late Friday night, and Democrats believe that it's Republicans who will end up shouldering the majority of blame from the public given the GOP controls both Congress and the White House.

The vote to end debate came together quickly midday Monday after Collins and several other senators said they wanted a firmer, more detailed commitment from McConnell about holding a vote on an immigration bill.

Democrats have been seeking a deal to protect so-called Dreamers.

"If that's not enough for Democrats, then we're in this for the long haul", the aide said. "Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy", Trump tweeted on Friday.

"What you have is pretty much an ironclad commitment that if we don't resolve this - and that's what we're going to try to do with the Graham bill - resolve the DACA issue by February 8, the commitment is you go to the floor with a neutral bill, like a shell, and you let the Senate process work", Nelson said.

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