Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has again blocked legislation that would reopen most of the government, marking the fourth time he has refused to consider a House-passed bill to open federal agencies during the 33-day-old shutdown.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to ask for consent to take up the House-passed bill that would fund every agency and department, except the Department of Homeland Security, through Sept. 30.
On Tuesday, McConnell objected to a House-passed bill to fund DHS through Feb. 8.
Democrats have been coming to the floor on a near daily basis while the Senate is in session to try to bring up the House package, reports The Hill.
The partial government shutdown is forcing approximately 800,000 employees to work without pay or be furloughed.
A majority of Americans blame the president for the record-long government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall, according to a new poll.
Sixty percent of Americans say Trump bears a great deal of responsibility for the shutdown, reports the AP.
“Trump is responsible for this,” said poll respondent Lloyd Rabalais, a federal contractor from Slidell, Louisiana, who’s not affiliated with either political party.
The 47-year-old, who has been furloughed for more than a month, said he’d need to start drawing on his retirement savings next week to pay his bills if the shutdown continues.
“I do support a wall, but not the way he’s handling it,” Rabalais added. “Trump guaranteed everybody that Mexico would pay for the wall. Now he’s holding American workers like me hostage.”
“The large part of the responsibility belongs to the president because he made the decision,” said poll respondent Sandra Olson, of Northwood, Iowa.
The 76-year-old says she is a registered Republican that voted for Trump once and likely will again.
“We have never in my lifetime seen a president who has been so maligned and attacked and vilified,” Olson added.
Poll respondent Kelley Thorson, of St. Robert, Missouri, who backed Trump in the 2016 election, says she supports Trump’s border wall but largely disagrees with the president’s rationale.
“I can’t say it would make us safer,” the 57-year-old said. “Criminals are going to get here no matter what.”