Dem Plan to Re-Open Government Without Wall Gets More Votes in Senate Than Trump Plan With Wall Funding


Both bills brought to the Senate floor Thursday to potentially reopen the government were defeated — meaning the 34-day long Federal government shutdown will continue. Interestingly, though, six Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the Democrat-supported legislation, while only one Democrat voted for the Republican-backed plan, which included funding for a southern border wall.

As part of a compromise struck by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a plan supported by President Donald Trump went to a vote first. It was defeated by a 51-47 margin. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) defected from his fellow Democrats to vote in favor of the bill. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) stood with the Democrats to vote against.

Then, a continuing resolution with no wall funding, which would have funded the government until Feb. 8, was brought to the floor. No Democrat voted against this measure, but six Republicans crossed party lines. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-SC), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) all backed the Democrat-supported legislation.

The defeated votes would seem to be a crushing blow to hopes the government will be re-opened soon. However, soon after the ballots were cast, Schumer said, on the Senate floor, that McConnell has invited him to his office to talk.

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