House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNBC on Monday that the government shutdown is really going to harm the country now that the work week has begun.
The government shutdown entered its third day, as senators failed to strike a deal over the weekend to break the impasse.
“This is a real shutdown now,” the California Republican said on “Squawk Box.” “No one is going to win in this.” He pointed out the House passed its short-term spending bill last week.
After a weekend of negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to advance a funding bill at noon on Capitol Hill, which could lead to an end to the shutdown. The temporary spending measure would fund the federal agencies through Feb. 8.
It appears Democrats, who were standing firm in hopes of winning concessions concerning the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, are now on board in return for a commitment from McConnell to address issue over the next few weeks.
In a Monday morning tweet, President Donald Trump said Democrats are leaving Americans in the lurch in favor of concessions for illegal immigrants.
The DACA standoff began in September, when Trump ended the policy. Delaying any action until March, he encouraged Congress to pass legislation to provide the same type of protections that DACA affords young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Last week, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to quickly overturn a Jan. 9 lower court ruling that blocked the president’s move to end DACA.
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