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hello, everyone, and thank you for joining us. we start with this breaking news, the u.s. senate back in session, you're looking at live pictures from the floor, where with are expecting senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to speak soon. so far we see no progress in getting the government back up and running. the president called for the nuclear option to change the voting rule to end the
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stalemate. the white house saying there is a sliver of hope that the gr growing divide can be bridged. >> i might be a naive optimist on this and we have a chance to get a deal. >> all of this happening as another round of massive women's marches enters a second day throughout the globe. u.s. senate reconvening, ryan, what are we hearing about what could potentially happen today? >> reporter: well, there is some talking happening right now, but that talking is happening at the lower levels of the u.s. senate and house. we have some of the bipartisan talks that are happening amongst rank and file members, trying to come up with some sort of an agreement that will get them to the 60 votes necessary. what's not happening right now are talks at the highest levels, that means that the leaders
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mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer are not talking to each other right now. president trump is not talking to chuck schumer right now, and if there is some sort of a ground swell that starts from the bottom part of the senate and rises to the top is not going to get in. it seems to be right now that the best prevailing option for the senate right now is to come up with yet another short-term continuing resolution, but one that would be a little bit shorter than the one that was initially passed by the house. this would be a three-week continuing resolution that ends on that 8. but there would be an agreement as to when there can be a vote on daca, those are the so-called d.r.e.a.m.ers who came into the
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united states under no fault of their own. that continues to be the sticking point, democrats do not want to move on any kind of a continuing resolution until they get more and i can see the senate majority leader is talking and i'll send it back to you. >> day two since the democratic leader made the political calculation to do something that according to a recent survey even most democrats don't support, he shut down the government to receive a portion, a portion of his party's left wing base. makes you shake your head. who comes up with ideas like this? well, on friday, a bipartisan group of senators voted to advance a bill that would have kept the federal government open, provided six years of certainty for the state children's health insurance
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program, which at least seven democratic governors have written are in dire straits, allow talks to continue on a variety of important issues that we have been discussing here for a couple of months. together democrats and republicans had enough votes to pass it, five democrats crossed over and voted against shutting down the government. to keep the government open while we do our work. the house had already passed it, the president was ready to sign it. we were poised to send him this compromised solution and erase the threat of a shutdown. but unfortunately, my friend the democratic leader had other ideas. we all know in the senate, the
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minority has the power to filibuster. i support that right from an institutional point of view, the question is when do you use it? on friday, the democratic leader made a destructive choice to filibuster or bipartisan deal and to force a shutdown of our federal government. now it's the second day of the senate democrat filibuster and the senate democrat shutdown of the federal government. because the president wouldn't solve months of ongoing issues and give the democratic leader everything he wants, my friends across the aisle have shut down the government for hundreds of
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millions of americans because he didn't get everything he wanted in one meeting friday with the president. so who pays the price for that? health care for needy children, training and resources for our men and women in uniform, care for our veterans, who came home and survivor benefits for families of heroes who did not. full funding for the cdc, the nih and the safety inspections of food and water. you know, to most americans, those sound like fundamental responsibilities. to the democratic leader, apparently they found hostages ripe for the taking. and all this was totally
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unnecessary. there is a broad consensus on both sides of the aisle that daca and other issues related to immigration require a compromise solution, almost everyone here, democrat and republican believe we need to get to a solution on the daca issue and related immigration matters. bipartisan, bicamera negotiations have been going on for months, but they can go no somewhere until democrats realize the extreme path their leader has charted leads them nowhere. a filibuster of our children's health, a filibuster for military spending. all over a tangential issue
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related to illegal immigration that does not even ripen until march. all of these other things are an emergency. the one nonemergency issue that our friends on the other side are trying to shoe horn into this discussion, doesn't reach that status of emergency until march. this is pure folly. the american people know so. that's why a recent poll said that 85% of americans favor -- headline all across america are laying the blame for this government shutdown right at the feet of senate democrats and their filibuster. now the democratic leader could end this today.
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but can get past this issue and get to a whole host of issues that will ensure bipartisan negotiations. this shutdown is going to get a lot worse tomorrow. a lot worse. today would be a good day to end it. all we have to do is pass the common sense legislation the senate is currently considering, a ending a government shutdown and continuing health care for vulnerable children, there's nothing in this measure that my democratic friends cannot support. so here's the situation, if nothing changes, the closer vote will be no sooner than at 1:00 a.m. tonight. we could resolve this much earlier if the democratic leader
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withdraws his procedural objection and allows the senate to proceed to a vote. our constituents want us to end this, our military leaders and our governors want us to end this. and we can. today is the right day to do it. senate only needs to ---if they really care about the big issues, increased defense funding, disaster relief, daca and other important matters that we have been negotiating and that i would like to bring to the floor, then they will stop their filibuster and this shutdown and let the negotiators get back to work. everyone has figured this out.
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this shutdown was a political miscalculation of gargantuan proportions. but it doesn't need to go on any longer. it could stop today. so let's step back from the brink, let's stop victimizing the american people and get back to work on their behalf. all right, you're listening to senate majority leader mitch mcconnell making a very impassioned although terse plea there, at the same time making some very disparaging remarks and criticizing the minority leader chuck schumer, mcconnell
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putting it squarely on chuck schumer that he was frying to appease a portion of the base by not agreeing to the senate measure to keep the government running without the issue of immigration, let me bring in my panel now to discuss this government shutdown and the 1:00 a.m. scheduled culture vote. later on ryan nobles back with me, i'm also joined by amy parnes, and the political reporter for the washington examiner. thanks to all of you for being with me. ryan, let me begin with you, this very impassioned, very terse plea being made by the senate majority leader today. >> to get into the weeds of how the legislative process works here in washington. he's not asking them to vote for the bill, he's just asking them
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to lift the filibuster. this med sure needs 60 votes because democrats have used that filibuster option to require those 60 votes. and mcconnell raises an important point here, there are enough votes for the simple majority. but the one piece of leverage that the democrats have is this filibuster option and they have chosen to continue to deploy that option, and the way that mcconnell described it in his speech, is he talked about the policy measures that are in this bill including funding for the children's health insurance program, he said chuck schumer is viewing them as hostages for the taking to be used as leverage for the negotiations that are going on, on a whole host of issues, primarily daca. will senate republicans just try and convince democrats to get rid of that filibuster and keep the government open, if senate
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democrats go in that direction, that means they have lost all this leverage and they need some kind of an assurance that the majority leader will work with them with more money for disaster relief and the immigration crisis. they want some kind of guarantee from mcconnell that these things will be taken off. >> democrats really have been digging in their heels that they want immigration to be part of this agreement. set a date for a vote later, why would anyone believe that democrats would go for that? >> well, i mean it's unclear if they will. i think what we need to wonder is what kind of feedback are they getting in their senate offices from their constituents, in particular, in blue or -- i'm
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sorry, in red or purple states. when i first observed this happening, i thought that probably neither party is going to get hurt, or it suffer too much from this, because we're sort of drinki ining out of a f hose every day. but then i started thinking maybe the democrats hurt a little bit more from this because they have had momentum going in this, they started to develop a message and the worst message that i have heard from democrats around the country, is they don't like the resistance, they like being about something, you know, doing something, talking about the economy. and i don't think this helps them as much as they want it to. i mean it helps their base, but it doesn't help those independent voters that make all the difference in house elections and in now presidential elections. and that speech that mcconnell gave was aimed directly at independent voters. >> and so, amy, mitch mcconnell
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said because the democrats didn't get everything that he wants, really meaning, you know, schumer, that it led to the shutdown. is it as simple as that? >> that's how republicans want to portray this, that this was the schumer shutdown, that's what they have been calling it. i don't think it is as simple as that, fred, and that's why you're seeing democrats saying, no, this is a core issue for us, immigration, we tried to deal with this last month and republicans kicked the can down the road and that's why we're here now, so they want to see reassurance right now. i don't think a vote in the short-term future will be enough. i think they want more support from republicans on this. and they're holding firm and they're hearing from constituents and their base that this is the right way to go, that this isn't just a political move, this is something that they hold dear, so i think you're going to see them
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continue to dig their what heelheel s in. >> what about other options on the table? chuck schumer has said that he and democrats were willing to give $25 million for a ball, in exchange for d.r.e.a.m.ers being able to stay. what's the likelihood that that might be part of the equation considered again today? >> that's part of the problem, fred is that there is a real lack of trust, not just between the white house and senate democrats but between senate democrats and senate republicans and to a certain extend what you heard from -- >> let's go to chuck schumer. >> the first real shutdown ever to take place when one party controlled the presidency, the house and the senate. under this unified control, it was the republicans' job to govern. it was their job to lead. it was their job to reach out to
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us and come up with a compromise. they have failed. our democracy was designed to run on compromise. the senate was designed to run on compromise. we are no dictatorship, subject to the whims of an executive. just as we're not a one-party system where the winner of an election gets to decide everything and the minority nothing. the government can only operate if the majority party accepts and seeks compromise. the majority however has forgotten the lessons of the founding fathers, they have shown that they do not know how to compromise, not only do they not consult us, they can't even get on the same page with their president, president from their own party. the congressional leaders tell me to negotiate with president trump. president trump tells me to figure it out with the congressional leaders. this political catch-22 never
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seen before has driven our government to dysfunction. americans know why the dysfunction is occurring, a dysfunctional president, hence, we are in a trump shutdown. and party leaders who won't act without him. it has created the chaos and the grit lock we find ourselves in today. it all really stems from the president. who's instability to clinch a deal has created the trump shutdown. i agree with majority leader mcconnell, the trump shutdown was totally avoidable. president trump walked away from not one, but two bipartisan deals. and that's after he walked away from an agreement in principle on daca we reached way back in the fall of last year. if he had been willing to accept any one of these deals, we wouldn't be where we are today.
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on friday, in the oval office, i made what i thought was a very generous officer to the president. the most generous offer yet. the president demanded for months that a deal on daca include the wall. most of we democrats don't think the wall is effective, we think it's expensive and a waste of money. we're all for tough border security, but every expert will tell you that drones and sensory devices and roads and personnel are far more effective than the wall. but because the president campaigned on the wall, even though he said it would be paid for by mexico, and demands the wall, for the sake of compromise, for the sake of coming together, i offered it. despite what some people are saying on tv, and mind you these are folks not in the room during discussion, that is exactly what happened.
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the president picked a number for a wall, i accepted it. it wasn't my number, it wasn't the number in the bills here. he picked it. now it would be hard to imagine such a more reasonable compromise. all along the president's saying, well, i'll do daca and d.r.e.a.m.ers in return for the wall. he's got it. he can't take yes for an answer. that's why we're here. and we don't have anyone in the white house or here in the senate, in the house, republicans are the president's own party, to tell him he's got to straighten this whole thing out. he can't say yes one minute and no the next. three, four, five times. the bottom line is this. it would be hard to imagine a much more reasonable compromise. i was in principle agreeing to help the president to get hiss signature campaign promise, something democrats and republicans on the hill
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staunchly oppose, in exchange for daca, a group of people the president said he has great love for. i essentially agreed to give the president something he has said he wants in exchange for something we both want. but only hours after he seemed very open, very eager about that generous tentative agreement and it was only tentative. there was no hand shakes. he backed away from the last best chance to avoid a shutdown. that's why from one corner of america, this is being called the trump shutdown. it's trending all over. people from one end of the country to the other know it's the trump shutdown and they know why. they have seen what the president has done, it's the direct result of a president who's been proved unwilling to compromise and is thus unable to govern. the deal wasn't everything the
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president wanted, it certainly wasn't everything we wanted, what it was was compromise, something nobody loved, but everybody could live with. something good for the country. it would have staved off a government shutdown on friday, it could still reopen the government today. so mr. president, i'm willing to seal the deal, to sit and work, right now, with the president or anyone he designates, let's get it done. meanwhile, the republican leader would have you believe we democrats forced the shutdown. he first forgets that several members of his own party voted against the c.r., are they holding the government hostage over illegal immigration? nope, doesn't seem that way. the republican leader accuses democrats of holding up pay for our troops, i heard speaker ryan blame the senate on tv. but yesterday, mr. president,
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senator mccaskill offered a motion to make sure our military gets paid. and the majority leader himself objected. the majority leader prevented the troops from getting paid. because thltd hais would have p in a minute. speaker ryan should talk to leader mcconnell, who's the only person in the u.s. senate standing in the way of paying our troops, not anybody here, we don't want to use the troops as hostages. unfortunately, some on the other side may be doing just that. we could make sure our troops get paid right now if the majority leader would only consent, or if there's pride of authorship, let him offer the resolution, we won't block it, we'll applaud it. i hope it can happen as soon as possible. the republican leader also accuses democrats of blocking chip. when he full well knows that every democrat here supports
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extending chip. it's four months lapsed. who let that happen? the republican majority. the democratic majority would never have allowed chip to expire. now just because it was placed on a c.r. that was a bad idea for so many reasons, republicans want to pretend that they're advocates of chip. quite the contrary, they were using the 10 million kids on chip holding them as hostage for the 800,000 kids who are d.r.e.a.m.ers. kids against kids, innocent kids against innocent kids. that's no way to operate in this country. so, again, a party that controls the house, the senate and the presidency would rather sit back and point fingers of blame ran roll up their sleeves and
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govern. the way out of this is simple. our parties are very close on all of the issues we have been debating for months now. so close, i believe we might have a deal twice, only for the president to change his mind and walk away. the president must take yes for an answer. until he does, it's the trump shutdown. he has said he has a love for d.r.e.a.m.ers, let him show it. he said he needs a wall and border security, accept our offer to do both of those things, because we democrats, while we think the wall will not accomplish very much and cost a lot of money, we strongly believe in border security and have fully supported the president's offer or budget proposal on border security for this year. so this is the trump shutdown, only president trump can end it. we democrats are at the table, ready to negotiation the president needs to pull-up a chair and end this shutdown.
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i yield the floor. >> squarely putting the blame on the president, and mcconnell calling it a schumer shutdown. so you hear schumer saying, mr. president, i will seal the deal, let's get it done. meaning let's get back to the table, he laid out what happened on friday between schumer and the president saying they came to a compromise, it was schumer who compromised on including in this bill a wall, something that the president has campaigned on, but then hours later, schumer describes it all fell apart. let me bring back my panel, amy parnes, ryan nobles back with me. this was an interesting duel we
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just saw between mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer, ryan to you first. chuck schumer really getting the last word, saying that the republicans having the majority in both houses and in the white house, the responsibility squarely falls on the majority to compromise, the democrats offering a compromise, but schumer sayi ing it's the republicans who have failed the nation by allowing the government to shutdown. what does this mean this point forward? >> well, the biggest thing, fred, is that these two speeches by these two leaders aren't a whole heck of a lot different than they were yesterday. so that gives us some indication that the ball hasn't really moved forward at all. to give some context about what senator schumer were talking about, it is true that he and the president did have somewhat of a tentative deal on the table. but when you talk about funding for the wall, this goes back to
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before the senate minority leader spoke, approximathis goe trust. that's why chief of staff john kelly got involved and according to reports, that's where the deal started to back away. so what we have here is negotiating happening from a bunch of different parties and to one really trusting anyone else as it relates to these conversations. so it's hard to move forward and cut a deal when you don't necessarily trust all the players involved. and, yes, mitch mcconnell can say, if you let us get this done, then whee'll negotiate on all these other issues, but the democrats say we want it to start now. that's why, fred, i go back to the point that i made at the beginning of the broadcast, that there are negotiations happening at the lower level. i talked to senator mike rounds
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yesterday of dakota, he said that there's senators he likes and trust and he's saying these are areas we can agree on. so i still believe if this deal happens, it's going to come from the ground up as opposed to the top down. but we don't have a lot of time before these government offices are supposed to be reopened on monday morning. >> chuck schumer giving his version of events seems to be trying to make the case that the president perhaps doesn't understand the process, or didn't understand himself the appropriations versus the authorizations, so is this schumer trying to embarrass the president into coming to the table, challenging him as the great negotiator to become more engaged in this process and at this juncture, doing more to get the ball rolling? >> yes, i mean you kept hearing him say, yes.
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he was speaking directly to the president more so than anyone, i think. but he was reiterating that this isn't the fault of the democrats. what democrats have been saying is this is a government that's being run by a republican white house, a republican house and senate. they could have taken care of daca months ago, they could have taken care of chips months ago but they didn't. so he's speaking to the president saying, come on, you campaigned on being a deal maker, why don't you act like a deal maker. and even a lot of republicans say they don't know where the president is, he's kind of missing in action. >> the president doesn't like to be embarrassed, if he's watching, which he probably is, because he watches all of the coverage and to hear mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer
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putting him in a corner mean that democrats are more likely to get their way? or might it go the other direction? >> who knows what's going to happen. >> based on pat temperatuterns. >> we just never know. i mean i thought, yeah, schumer's definitely, from his poirv point of view, and i totally get his tactic, he has the backdrop o the women's march, not only yesterday, but today, they're happening here where i live in pittsburgh, there's a big march. so he feels that he has the wind at his back and he's able to directly blame the president, i lost count after 17 mentions in that speech, right? and he feels that this is the best tactic that he has to blame him, to call him out, to goad him a little bit and see what comes from that, he understands trump, he knows trump, he knows he doesn't like to be
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embarrassed like that, i haven't seen any tweets in the past few hours, so you can correct me if i'm wrong. i'm pleasantly surprised how measured the president has been since this -- >> you mean by way of -- >> twitter. >> not a barrage of tweets? he hasn't come out as a leader of this country, he has not come out of the white house to address this matter head on. and that is glaring too. >> yeah, sure. i mean you know, people have all these different expectations of him and he's never sort of hit those expectations because he's not your typical president. that's why he won, but that's also why he makes everyone crazy. you know, who doesn't understand the unpredictability of, you know, the nature of his personality. i'm not saying it's right, i'm not saying it's wrong. i'm just saying we're dealing with a completely different type
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of president and schumer knows that, and mcconnell knows that and i have no idea what's going to happen. but the -- ryan made an excellent point. >> sorry to interrupt, still on the house, house minority leader nancy pelosi. >> women pouring into the streets to champion the values of the american people. tens of thousands throughout in different venues. and the anniversary of the women's march and day one of the trump shutdown, americans marched to call on our government to honor the priorities and values of the american people. i'm proud to stand here today with the house democratic women who are leading the fight for those priorities and values in the congress. yesterday on the floor of the house, i said there is a path and here today we want to talk
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moore abo more about that path. you heard yesterday when mr. welsh talked yesterday to the president, to say what the are the priorities we are fighting for in all of this. i just want to say something to our men and women in uniform. we in congress take an oath to protect and defend the constitution and the american people. we value the service and courage and leadership of our men and women in uniform and whie are he for them. i want them to ignore anything that they're hearing from the other side, that they're not going to get paid, that we are not there for them. they are going to get paid and they are goc ing to have the resources to keep america safe and to keep themselves safe. we know from listening to general mattis and others in the department of defense, that the best way to keep them safe is for us to have an omnibus at the end of the fiscal year, instead
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of c.r. after c.r. after c.r. so honoring our oath to keep the american people safe and recognizing that in the domestic budget there are security initiatives that relate to homeland security, veterans, state department, anti-terrorism activities, and the justice department. we really need to have parody in our discussion on the budget. and the additional money that we want on the domestic side is what we're here to discuss this morning. so that people know what this discussion is about. we're not resenting -- we're supporting the defense initiatives, if that's what the department of defense think, we need to keep america safe. but at the same time, there's security functions on the domestic side and we want additional money to address some of the challenges that our country faces. and one of those that is really,
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very, very important, in every district in america, there is strong bipartisan support, every one of us on a path to an agreement, which we could make in an hour, we want the president to come to the table and negotiate how we can do this in a very short period of time to open up government. but one of the -- and every initiative has strong bipartisan support as you will hear. and one of the issues that affects every member of congress all across the country and the strength of our country is the opiod epidemic. a leader in that fight is here, leading a bipartisan coalition is congresswoman an ani is congresswoman an ane custer f new hampshire. >> you're listening to nancy pelosi, the house minority leader there, really reiterating
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and she's standing alongside other women in house leadership there on tday two of the government shutdown and day two of women's marches across the u.s., and pelosi stressing the commitment to military and their family. ryan is back with us. ryan, this is kind of a tit for tat with the house leadership, talking about the importance of moving on, getting the government going, less of the finger pointing from nancy pelosi, but we saw direct finger pointing coming from mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer and a very direct challenge going to the white house from chuck schumer on getting the president more engaged, involved in getting the government up and running, agreeing on a proposal of compromise. >> what you're seeing here, fred is somewhat of a public
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relations battle by congressional leaders. to a certain extent this is a standoff and in order to suck side in ---succeed in a standoff, and the longer -- their constituents are going to have a harder time accessing their -- if they're off of work for a couple of days and don't get that paycheck, that's going to make life more difficult for them. so nobody up here wants a shutdown. that's clear, so what they have to kind of gave within their caucus is how long these members are willing to stand firm to get what they want and at what point are they willing to break ranks and get on board with a vote. i do want to make one point from before nancy pelosi started talking. you're right he has not spoken personally about this, he's sent
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mark short out to speak on his behalf. t he's criticizing republicans suggesting that they get rid of this long time institutional rule of the filibuster, saying they should go nuclear, so to speak and have it be only a majority vote. this is something that senate republican leadership has fought back against a long time, republicans in the house would like to get rid of that rule, obviously the white house would like to get rid of that rule. even within these parties, there isn't necessarily unification when it comes to this party. >> the communications officer did respond today, direct i to the president's tweet, that no, they don't believe that is the right option to take, they're
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going to stick with the 60-vote rule and not try to change the rule and go for this simple majority. that's an interesting position that mitch mcconnell would take today, while placing blame on the democrats directly, but then not acquiescing to the president e president's nuclear option he presented today. we're going to take a short break for now. we'll be right back.
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country, women's marches which have also morphed into voter registration drives, roughly now 10 months ahead of midterm elections 2018. a lot of pictures right there out of phoenix. all this while the u.s. government is in day two of a shutdown and president donald trump is blaming the democrats. today he is hinting that it may be time for republicans to change the filibuster rule to end the stalemate. he hinted by way of tweet, it's good to see how hard republicans are fighting to our military and safety at the border. the democrats just named ill let me immigration -- even the white house voicemail where the public can call and leave a comment, their complaint line, it's been changed to point the finger at
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democrats for this political chaos. this government shutdown. >> thank you for calling the white house comment line. thank you for calling the white house. unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional democrats are holding government funding including funding for our troops and other national security priorities hostage to an unrelated immigration debate. due to this on strbstruction, t government is shutdown. >> this might be a first when you call in the white house complaint line. abbey phillips is there for us. is there any sign that the president does plan to get more involved or will it be more of that sentiment coming from the white house that it's time to point the blame? >> reporter: well, you heard from chuck schumer that he thinks the president is the only person who can really resolve this problem, but as you pointed out, the president is taking a completely different tact on this, he's saying let's just
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change the rules and take democrats out of the picture so that we can move forward on this, that sentiment is getting some push back from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell whose office pointed out that once again they do not agree with changing these rules, but republicans have painted the television, painting a different picture of where we are in negotiations, they are saying that we are farther from a deal than it seems. listen to mick mulvaney speaking of "state of the union" this morning. >> we're a long way from getting a deal, because what the democrats are talking about is a very complex, a very large, it's actually a massive spending bill with a lot of other things added to it. that's not going to get done between now and monday and now and next friday. so they need to open the government tonight or tomorrow and then we can start talking about those bigger issues.
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>> what the they still want changes to ilz legal immigration, they want that border wall. we have asked the white house today what the president is doing on this shutdown, what calls he's made, what meetings he's had. so far we have heard nothing, but we're hearing different things from democrts than we are hearing from the white house. if you listen to chuck schumer, you would think that on friday they were very close to a deal, but white house aides this morning made it clear that the broad outlines of that deal were nothing close to what they needed to move forward and what they really want is just a clean budget bill with no immigration added. >> the president made a decision not to go to florida for a fund-raiser this weekend, he says he's going to stay in the white house. we know that chuck schumer extended an invitation to talk
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face-to-face, that didn't happen. but if the president is only tweeting today, you know, about breaking the rules or, you know, changing the rules, going nuclear, what was the objective for the president staying in town is strictly optics? it simply looks better for the president to stay in town while the government is shut. or is he working with, >> well, you know, that's a really good question. the president has kept such a low profile over the last couple of days. he's been making phone calls from here in the white house. they released a photo of him on the phone talking to his aides, but we have not seen him talking to the american people directly as we've seen previous presidents do at moments like this. we've also not seen him corralling the powers that be into the white house for a meeting. it's a very different strategy here. i think white house aides over the course of this meeting have
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acknowledged that the problem with going to mar-a-lago would be the optics. eating and drinking with wealthy people at a resort when the government is shut down. >> the flip side to that is how does it look that the president is in the white house and remains silent and doesn't address this and take that leadership role and address the american people about what is going on or what should happen. pick your poison. abby phillips, thank you very much from the white house. appreciate it. traveling this weekend, vice president pence stopped in georgia today where he met king abdullah. pence addressing the government shutdown, laying the blame at the feet of the democrats. >> i'm sure you're all aware of what's going on in washington, d.c. bipartisan support for a resolution, minority in the senate has decided to play
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politics with the military. but you deserve better. you and your families shouldn't have to worry for one minute about whether you're going to get paid as you serve in the uniform of the united states. so know this. your president, your vice president and the american people are not going to put up with it. [ applause ] >> we're going to demand that they reopen the government. in fact, we're not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you our soldiers and your families the benefits and wages you've earned. >> the vice president now landing in israel on the final leg of his trip. i want to bring in cnn's orrin lieberman who is in jerusalem. orrin, this is the message we're
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hearing since the vice president went to israel, so what should he focus on while he's there? >> the two visits in egypt, the stop in and it is a bit of a victory lap. he will be greeted when he lands, and his biggest will be the speech. the parliament is scheduled for tomorrow. he also has a trip to the western wall just like president trump when he was here back in may, as well as a stop at israel's holocaust museum. shortly after pence's arrival which was just about an hour ago, he arrived here in jerusalem at his hotel, prime minister benjamin netanyahu talked. there he actually addressed european leaders and said you better take trump's threat seriously when he said he'll scrap the deal if it's not fixed. the other topic netanyahu said
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they'll talk about is peace. pence has told the jordanian king that trump is still serious about a peace treaty between jerusalem and the u.s. he said if you want to be a partner of peace, you can't reject the americans. come to the negotiating table. worth pointing out, fredricka, that a boss who won't be meeting with anyone from the federal delegation is actual until europe, or will be tomorrow, meeting with european foreign ministers. >> oren lebermann, thank you for joining us. paul ryan addressiaddressin military pay while he was in the east, and whether networks will broadcast the nfl game for the
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soldiers. >> initially the arms network was going to shut down as well as other portions of the government and department of defense, however the pentagon issuing a statement today saying they're using previous resources from last year and using some military personnel that are not being furloughed. they're able to keep some channels of the armed forces network open, including the channel that plays sporting events. so u.s. troops abroad will be able to watch the nfl football playoff games. again, this is just one impact of several that the shutdown is causing to the department of defense and to the military. while all u.s. troops will continue to be deployed, continue to operate around the world, a lot of civilian personnel, some 50 to 70%, have been furloughed. there is also issues with contracting the reserve units, so the government working to
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handle these impact, but one of the impacts they put extra attention to resolve was getting these playoff games back on the air for troops overseas. >> all right, ryan brown, thanks so much. we've got so much more straight ahead in the newsroom right after this. no matter how the markets change... at t. rowe price... our disciplined approach remains. global markets may be uncertain... but you can feel confident in our investment experience around the world. call us or your advisor... t. rowe price. invest with confidence.
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registration drives. hello and welcome back. happening now in the newsroom -- >> i might be a naive optimist on this, but i actually think we're making significant progress and we will get a deal. >> we cannot reopen the government without senate democrat support. we don't have that senate democrat support which is why we are where we are. >> there is a need for bipartisanship. that's all we ask for. >> there are people on the left who want the perfect immigration bill or nothing, and people on the right who want nothing. really, i say let's vote on it. >> these 800,000 young people are subjected to deportation. this will lead one of the ugliest stains in the history of the united states. >> we're still in shutdown. we're waiting for senate democrats to open the government back up. this is solely done by the senate democrats.
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it's absolutely meaningless. >> cnn newsroom starts now. hello again. thanks for being with me this sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. majority leader mitch mcconnell was on the floor attacking minority leader chuck schumer and schumer using his speech to criticize the president of the united states. >> on friday the democratic leader made the extraordinary and destructive choice to filibuster our bipartisan deal and guarantee the american people a shutdown of their federal government. now it's the second day of the senate democratic filibuster and the senate democrats shutdown of the federal government. because the president wouldn't resolve months of ongoing negotiations over massive issues