Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on President Trump to “abandon the wall” Saturday if he wants to reopen the government, saying Trump does not have the votes in the Senate to get it funded — hours after the government shut down over an impasse over funding for Trump’s signature 2016 campaign promise.
“It will never pass the Senate, not today, not next week, not next year. So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
The partial shutdown began at midnight Saturday, a few hours after the House and Senate adjourned without getting a funding agreement to the president’s desk. The shutdown was expected to last at least a few days, with sources on both sides of the aisle telling Fox News that Washington could be in for a prolonged shutdown. The Senate adjourned Saturday afternoon and was not due to meet for a scheduled session until Thursday.