Donald Trump calls for new constitutional rules to end government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday night ending the government shutdown, capping off a almost three-day deadlock and reinstating funds until February 8, a senior administration official said. McConnell said in the Senate Saturday, after the chamber assembled to discuss the first day of the shutdown.

"The only people standing in the way of keeping the government open are Senate Democrats", Ryan said Thursday night.

Mulvaney offered that another way to end the shutdown, from their point of view, would be for enough Democrats to cross the aisle and give the GOP the votes it needs to restore funding.

Mulvaney said Sunday that the 60-vote rule also addresses the frequent criticism that the GOP should be getting more done when it controls the White House and both chambers of Congress. "The discussions will continue", Schumer said on his return to the US Capitol after the approximately 90-minute meeting.

Democrats are aligning behind a plan to reopen the federal government as the Senate heads toward a key vote.

Markets have absorbed the shutdown drama over the last week, and on Monday morning world stocks and US bond markets largely shrugged off Washington's standoff even as the dollar continued its pullback.

The main stumbling block in agreeing a deal is immigration and the DACA programme to protect from deportation the so-called "Dreamers" - 700,000 immigrants who arrived illegally in the United States as children.

Government operations began ramping down on the one-year anniversary of Trump's presidency.

"I'm not going to make that prediction", Durbin told NBC News, adding that Democrats are not willing to extend short- term funding after January.

Mr. Trump blamed Democrats, who are the minority in the Senate, saying they care more about illegal immigration than the military.

"The Republican Conference opposes changing the rules on legislation", a spokesman for McConnell told The Hill.

President Trump and the Republicans coined the term "Schumer Shutdown" on Friday, singling out the NY senator as being exclusively responsible for the federal government grinding to a halt. "Our government has shut down".

However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: "The overwhelming number in our caucus have said they don't like this deal and they believe if we kick the can down the road this time we'll be back where we started from next time".

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Trump did not speak with any Democratic senators over the weekend. Democrats were using his zigzagging stance in immigration talks - first encouraging deals, then rejecting them - to underscore his first, chaotic year in office.

"The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines", he said.

Short compared Democrats' actions to "a 2-year-old temper tantrum".

Pence spoke to troops in the Middle East as Democrats and Republicans in Congress show few signs of progress on negotiations to end the government shutdown.

Graham urged Democrats to take the deal.

Yet, rank-and-file Republicans expressed skepticism over the bipartisan effort.

Essential services will still run but famous sites such as the Statue of Liberty have already been affected.

The White House is telling Democrats to negotiate with McConnell, who is still unclear what it exactly is that the president wants.

Social Security and most other safety-net programs were unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority.

In the absence of such an authorisation, functioning of the federal government would come to a standstill, with hundreds and thousands of its employees forced to stop work.

"I think at the end of the day America will see through this".

At the center of the soured negotiations was the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which has protected some young immigrants from deportation.

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