The Senate has voted to block a Republican House-passed bill that would have funded the government for 30 days but without a fix for the Obama-era DACA program, just hours before the government shutdown deadline that is set to begin at midnight.
Nearly all Senate Democrats voted against the legislation in an effort to force Republicans to negotiate with them on a legislative fix to protect thousands of immigrants, aka Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. as children rom being deported.
In a rare sign of bipartisanship and a major blow to right-wing talking points, four Republicans voted against advancing the bill, including Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.).
The Hill added:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delayed the vote until late Friday as part of an effort to raise pressure on Democrats.
A meeting at the White House earlier on Friday between Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and President Trump failed to break the stalemate, though both sides said some progress had been made and Trump’s budget chief predicted a deal could be made within 24 hours.
The Republican-controlled Congress has less than two hours to avoid a government shutdown.