McConnell and Schumer speeches following shutdown

Speeches and Events
Saturday, January 20th

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Yeah I just wanna call good attention amount colleagues. Statement the a part of the fate of the white house press record tonight. Presumably on the the administration. You simply says we will not negotiate this status. Among lawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens Austin. Over there reckless about it. Appropriately recommend rep represents the White House review where we are. And Mr. President what we've just witnessed on the floor. With a cynical decision by senate Democrats who shovels. Millions of Americans for the sake. You're responsible. Political change. The government shutdown. With 100%. Avoidable completely avoidable. Now it is Emma. All because senate Democrats chose to filibuster a non controversial funding bill. It contains nothing not a thing they do not support. Nothing they do awful. Perhaps across the aisle some of our democratic colleagues are feeling proud of himself. But what has their filibuster. A problem. What does it accomplish. Answers supple. They're very own. Government shutdown. Shut down effect on the American people. Will come as no surprise. Always if we've stood on the floor. That our colleagues on the offensive. Senate Republicans have described it not. Exactly what this morning. America's men and women in uniform. Shutting down a government means delayed tape. But the make thousands of civilian employees who support their mission. It made furloughs. And for the families of fallen heroes it may well mean a result of Robert death benefit. Veterans who rely on our promise that care. Shutting down the government made threatening their access to treatment. For so many Americans struggle OP ought addiction. The Scion. It sure. Actually the democratic leaders' decision to filibuster an extension of the state Children's Health Insurance Program. Low income families let's look closer. To losing health coverage. For their kids. And managed basis is Merck. I'm having trouble understanding. Which one of these outcomes by democratic colleagues. Could possibly be proud up. Which one out. Thank our friends on hillsides or to better brought. Really butterflies on I got to be trying to explain this myself. Ignore the governor. Including seven Democrats who wrote congress begging us begging us. To an extent and that's ship. Or nine million children. They ignored the needs of middle America to allow the federal government for important service. It almost cost him. All of a hostage. Over the completely unrelated issue. Of illegal immigration. Republicans in the senate have gone always count to continue the normal. Operations. Of the federal government. And secure certainty for the first ship you know. We could pass it tonight. And go to the president for signature. If it would be Oca. Well we're gonna continue to do all weekend. Will vote again. So the American people knows. Who stands for them and when our friends across the aisle remember who it is they actually rappers out. We'll be ready to come together in a bipartisan discussion that will be necessary to clean up all of us not. We already have a private conversations here on the floor. Almost everybody on both sides. Don't understand how we ended up here. Because most of the stuff we've rail. Was only one reason we ended up there. The shoe horning. Of illegal immigration and of this device. Now having said that. There's a lot of sympathy of this body for doing something about that doctor kit. It's not like nobody's ever have. We've been talking about it for three months. But the one reason we are where we are. Is because we couldn't close out any of these other. Component parts. Because our friends on the other side. You got a deal this issue. There's issues the key to getting defenseman decision the key to getting it now for a ship to. And on and on at all. I like most American people believe they're shutting down the government over this issue. Which doesn't even ripen until March. Is irresponsible. An obvious list of all the people who are going to be adversely impacted. By the fact. So we're gonna keep on voting. And the government may be heading out to shut down the dishonest not Sean Bell. And we're open at all. And to resolve what. I don't him makes institution look very responsible. American people should expect better. From off. And a live from the capitol senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. After the senate defeated a deal to crowd the government. For the next four weeks. Mr. President and arteries sadly. We are on the precipice. Of government shut down. The majority leader only just allowed us to vote on the continuing resolution. That he knew lacked the votes long before this hour. It's not just Democrats who oppose this deal are. Several Republicans it is well. All of today Mr. President. We have endeavored to reach an agreement with president trump. And the Republicans. That would have not only spared a government shut down. But cemented an agreement on spending caps. Including those for our military. Health care issues. Disaster relief and immigration issues. President trump reached out to me today this morning. To invite me to the White House to talk all of these issues over and I accepted. We had a lengthy and substantive discussion. During the meeting. In exchange for strong copper protections. Are reluctantly. Put the border wall on the table for discussion. Even that. Was not enough. To entice the president to finish the deal. Many Democrats don't wanna go that far on the border. And you Republicans don't either. But we were willing to compromise with the president to get an agreement. In the room. It sounded like the president was open. To accept. This afternoon. In my heart. Felt we might have a deal tonight. That was how far we've come. That's how positive or discussion felt. We had a good meeting. Spot. What has transpired since that meeting in the Oval Office is indicative. Of the entire tumultuous. And chaotic process. Republicans have engaged in in the negotiations. Thus far. Even though president trump seemed to like an outline of the deal in the room. He did not presses party in congress. To accept it. Speaker Ryan and leader McConnell. Without the commitment of the president. Would not agree to accept anything either. What happened the president trump. Who asked us to come up with a deal. And promise that he take heat for. What happened to that president. He backed off. At the first sign. Of pressure. We have the outline of the deal on caps. We have the outline of a deal on health care. We have the outline of a deal on immigration the toughest issue. It was real. It was an honest to goodness breakthrough. We couldn't pass they short term extension of funding. So that we could cross the t.s got the eyes and be done with at all. But the dynamic in the past few weeks. During which the congressional Republicans looked to the president for gardens. And the president provided no one prevailed again today. Unfortunately. The same chaos. Same disarray. The same division and discord. On the Republican side. That's been in the background of these negotiations for months. Unfortunately. Appears endemic. It is standing in the way of bipartisan solutions. To all of the issues now before us every American knows. The Republican Party controls the White House. The sent. The house. It's their job to keep the government open. It's their job to work with thoughts. On a way to move things forward. But they didn't reach out to us once on this he ought no discussion no debate. Nothing at all. It was produced with an ounce of democratic input and dropped on our laps. And meanwhile. They can't even get on the same page as a party. They control every branch of the legislative process and it's their responsibility. To govern. And here. They have failed. Several Republicans voted against the CR as well as Democrats. The same reason we voted against it. One of the most serious consequences. Of having continuing resolution. After continuing resolution. Is the damage it does to our military. At the Pentagon spokesman said last night another CR would be wasteful. And destructive. To our military. The navy secretary said that because of cigars. The navy has put four billion dollars in the trash cans. Court poured lighter fluid on it and burnt it. At the navy secretary. As what you've done. This is no way. To conduct the nation's business. Republicans know what. Democrats know. The American people. Know that this party is not capable. Of governing. So where do we go from here. I believe many of my Republican colleagues you sincerely wanted to deal. I know their hearts in the right place. I know label meant the fact that we now except brinksmanship. Where bipartisanship. Used to be. In the past it was always discussions of these issues issues. Everyone knew in the senate needed both parties to work together. None of that happened here today. Now all of this problem. Is because. Republican leadership can't get to yes. Because president trump refuses to. Mr. President. President trump. If you are listening. I emerging you. Please take yes for an answer. Where things went today. When you turn from a bipartisan deal. It's almost as if you were rooting for shut down. And now we'll have one. And the blame should crash. Entirely on president trumps shoulders. This will be called. The trump chucked him. This will be called. The trump shut down because there is no one. No one. Who deserves the blame. For the position we find ourselves in more than president trump. He walked away from two bipartisan deals. Including one today. In which I even put the border wall on the table. What will it take. For president from to say yes. And learn how to execute the remnants. Of government. Tomorrow marks a year to the day. President trump took the oath of office on the capitol steps. Unfortunately. A trump shutdown would be a perfect encapsulation. Of the chaos. He's unleashed. On our government. Instead of bringing us altogether. He's pulled us apart. Instead of governing from the middle. He's outsourced his presidency. To the extremes. And standing lit instead of living up to the great dealmaker he marketed himself to be. He's been the single driving force. In startling bipartisan deals in congress. And now with this late hour. His behavior. Is on the verge. A grinding on government to a halt. A trump. Shut down. Democrats will continue. To strive for bipartisan agreement. And all the outstanding issues. Are no there are men and women of goodwill on the other side of the child. Who are just as upset as I am. With the direction we're headed in. I plead with them to see reason. And prevail upon their leaders in most of all the president. To give us the space. To work together. So let us do the Diop. The American people sent us here and do. When president trump decides he's finally ready to lead his party to a deal. Democrats will be ready willing and eager to clinch it. There is a path forward. We can reach it quickly. Tomorrow. President and the four leaders. Should immediately sit down and finish this deal. So the entire government. And get back to work. On Monday.