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Trump Prods Senate to Use Nuclear Option

Newser — Polly Davis Doig

President Trump came out swinging on the second day of the government shutdown, reports the Washington Post, tweeting Sunday that Senate "Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked," and that "If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he's not open to using the nuclear option, which would circumvent the need for 60 votes, and will gavel open a session at 1pm Sunday.

The Post notes that McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "did little in public Saturday besides trade insults" and that negotiations appear deadlocked with the clock ticking until Monday morning, when about a million federal workers either will or won't go to work.

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