Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, promises a “free and open debate” on immigration if Democrats will vote to reopen the government.
Shortly after midnight, Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer made statements blaming the opposing party for failing to reach an agreement to fund the government.
With their Senate majority narrowed even further and a midterm election approaching, Republicans are seeking some consensus with Democrats after a year of intense division.
The 115th Congress, under Republican control, has left a conservative imprint on the courts, taxation, regulation and the environment. Next up: poverty programs.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, took a shot at President Trump’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, saying Mr. Bannon had cost Republicans a Senate seat in Alabama.
In a push to embarrass Republicans and slow their tax bill, Senator Bernie Sanders stripped out a pet provision of Senator Mitch McConnell’s — and punished a college for the poor.