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McConnell Speaks on Shutdown as Lawmakers Reconvene: ‘No Further Votes’ Until Trump, Democrats Reach Agreement

As lawmakers reconvened on day one of the shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor about ongoing negotiations and blaming Democrats for not doing enough to address border security.

“No further votes will occur until the president and Senate Democrats have reached an agreement to resolve this,” he said. “We’ve pushed the pause button until the President, from whom we will need a signature, and Senate does Democrats, from whom we will need votes, reach an agreement. No procedural votes, no test votes, just a meaningful vote on a bipartisan agreement whenever that is reached, and it’s my hope that it’s reached sooner rather than later.”

He went on to say that Republicans and President Donald Trump are taking border security seriously while Democrats are rejecting their “reasonable request.”

“Democrats haven’t rejected the president’s request and invited this partial government shutdown because of some principled objection they just discovered in the last few weeks,” McConnell said. “This is not some principled discovery they’ve just made in the last few weeks. They brought this about because they’re under a lot of pressure.”

As McConnell started speaking, Trump himself tweeted, “Will be having lunch in White House residence with large group concerning Border Security.”

You can watch above, via CNN.

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