McConnell Keeps the Shutdown Going

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has once again blocked a vote to end the government shutdown, citing the lack of border wall funding and presidential approval.

For the second time, McConnell shot down a House-approved bill to reopen the federal government in the Senate; he had previously vowed not to approve any resolution that didn’t have the president’s explicit approval.

This comes as Trump attempted to stage a mini coup by inviting Democratic lawmakers to the White House without House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi to negotiate the wall over a “working lunch.” None attended.

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