Senate Republicans have rejected Democratic Sens. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) request for consent to take up a package of bills that would reopen the federal government for a second time in as many weeks on Tuesday, reports The Hill.
One bill would have funded the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, while the other would have funded the rest of the impacted departments and agencies through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Under Senate rules, any one senator can ask for consent to vote on or pass a bill, but any one senator can object to the request.
McConnell blocked both bills saying the Senate wouldn’t “participate in something that doesn’t lead to an outcome.”
He has pledged for weeks not to bring legislation to the floor on the shutdown unless there was a deal between President Trump and Democrats on border security.
“The solution to this is a negotiation between the one person in the country who can sign something into law, the president of the United States, and our Democratic colleagues,” McConnell said Tuesday.
“This shutdown has to end. The president wants it. We’re an independent body. We’re a coequal branch of government. We could open up the government,” Cardin said as the shutdown dragged into day 25.