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Mitch McConnell
  U.S. Senate - Sen. Mc Connell Schumer on Government Funding  CSPAN  December 21, 2018 7:04pm-7:08pm EST

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> the house is in recess to work on a government funding bill. voted note senate to proceed with a bill that boatdes $5.7 billion for a wall. after the vote, mitch mcconnell and charles schumer outlined a way head for the senate. the vice president: on this vote the yeas are 47. the nays are 47. the senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. the chair lays before the senate the following message from the house. the clerk: resolved, that the house agree to the amendment of the senate to the amendment of the house to the amendment of the senate to the bill h.r. 695 entitled afternoon act to amend the national child protection act and so forth and for other purposes with an amendment. the vice president: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: colleagues, here is where we are. it's now clear there are enough votes to proceed to the pending legislation on government
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funding, disastrous relief, and border security. within the republican conference, there's strong support for the president's reasonable request for more resources to tackle the urgent situation at our southern bord border. republicans support the house-passed bill which includes additional border security funding and we're also, however, eager to complete the remaining appropriation bills which the senate has already passed. however, obviously, since any eventual solution requires 60 votes here in the senate, it's been clear from the beginning that two things are necessary. support from enough senate democrats to pass the proposal at 60 and a presidential signature. as a result, the senate has voted to proceed to legislation
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-- legislation before us in order, in order to preserve maximum flexibility for productive conversations to continue between the white house and our democratic colleagues. i hope senate democrats will work with the white house on an agreement that can pass both houses of congress. and receive the president's signature. so, colleagues, when an agreement is reached, it will receive a vote here on the senate floor. i move to concur in the house amendment to the senate amendment to the house amendment to the senate amendment to h.r. 695. the vice president: the motion is pending. mr. schumer: mr. president? the vice president: the democratic leader. mr. schumer: as we said to president trump a week ago, his wall does not have 60 votes here in the senate, let alone 50
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votes. that much is now clear. democrats have offered three proposals to keep the government open, including a proposal offered by leader mcconnell that passed the senate unanimously only a few days ago. we are willing to continue discussions on those proposals with the leader, the president, the speaker of the house, and the leader of the house. all five are necessary to get something done. i yield the f >> earlier today president trump signed two bills in an oval office ceremony with lawmakers, leaders, law-enforcement and criminal justice reform advocates. the president opened his remarks by addressing the looming shutdown. he reiterated he would not sign a bill unless it