Republicans seek key vote to reopen United States government for new working week


President Donald Trump doubled-down on blaming Democrats for the government shutdown Sunday morning, warning Senate Democrats that Republicans could move forward with a "nuclear option" if they continue to balk on a short-term spending bill.

Senate Democrats secured a commitment from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up a bipartisan immigration bill in the next few weeks.

Schumer said he proposed a plan for DACA - which protects about 800,000 "Dreamers" from deportation, along with funds for a wall on the Mexican border, a Trump campaign pledge, but the president refused to go along.

Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other for the congressional failure to pass a short-term bill to continue funding for US federal agencies and prevent some of them from shutting down.

The Democrats are demanding protection from deportation for more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children.

Republican and Democratic leaders were expected to renew negotiations on Saturday in the hope of restoring government financing before Monday.

"We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement", Democratic minority leader in the senate Chuck Schumer said on the floor of the senate, declaring his party's agreement to the compromise deal and its decision, therefore, to not block the spending bill.

The U.S. government officially shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.

She said: "Before he took office, @realDonaldTrump was happy to say the president owns the blame for a government shutdown".

Huddled negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer were unsuccessful, and the USA government technically ran out of money at midnight. The program protects young people brought to the US illegally as children from deportation.

On the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, the federal government has shut down for the first time since 2013, after failing to come to an agreement over a funding proposal by Friday's deadline.

The shutdown's effects have been mostly muted so far due to the fact that it has only been in effect over the weekend when most government workers would be home anyway and agencies would either be closed or working on a limited basis.

Senator Schumer called for a White House summit between congressional leaders and President Trump to hash out a broad deal on immigration, spending caps and disaster relief.

Only "essential" government employees will report to work while the shutdown is still active. "Unfortunately, we can not answer your call today because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding - including funding for our troops and other national security priorities - hostage to an unrelated immigration debate", the recording says.