Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Friday, which would temporarily reopen the Department of Homeland Security.
Sen. Tim Kaine Timothy (Tim) Michael KaineDC train system loses per day during government interruption Overnight Defense: Trump reveals new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Ending hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi's foreign trip | Senators offer bills to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks the bill to reopen most of the government MORE (D-Va.) Asked to set up a House-passed bill that would fund the department through February 8. This is the third time Democrats have tried to bring the stopgap goal up.
But Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) Protested against the request "on behalf of majority leader "referring to majority leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republican eye rules changed to speed Trump nominees McConnell block the bill to reopen most of the government Accommodation Healthcare: Thousands more immigrant children may have been separated Senate rejects bill on permanent ban on federal funds for abortion | Women March to Lobby for Medicare for All & # 39; MORE (R-Ky.).
This is the third time McConnell has blocked the bill to temporarily reopen DHS, which is at the heart of the decommissioning battle. He also blocked a bill that would reopen the rest of the affected departments and agencies three times, no later than Thursday.
McConnell warned in weeks that he would not allow the Senate to include any state finance bill that is not a product of an agreement between Congress Democrats and Trump, claiming that they would mean "show votes".
"There is no way about it. Showing voices in the Senate does not solve the problem," McConnell told Tuesday's reporters.
But Democrats are trying to put pressure on the Senate GOP leader, who has been publicly sidelined in the midst of the deadlock between Trump and Democrats.
"Senate the Republicans again in minutes at the request of President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump instructed Cohen to lie to Congress on plans to build the Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 campaign: report DC- The train system loses 0k a day during government interruption Senate Republicans eye rules switch to speed Trump nominees MORE who do not want this to happen will object to that request, "said Kaine Friday before attempting to pass the DHS bill.
"If the disputed issue is border security … then why punish the very people who provide security and safety? How does it help to promote security and security not to pay the very border patrol brokers to protect the border?" inquired.
Kaine is expected to return to the floor several times next week to try to get the house bills passed. He also forces the Senate to hold a rare Saturday session.
Under the Senate rules, a senator may request consent to vote on or submit a bill. A single senator can also block this request.
The back and forth on the Senate Bundle comes, as the shutdown is expected to enter its 30th day on Sunday without a clear road ahead.
About a quarter of the government has been shut down since December 22 over an anchored struggle for financing Trump's proposed wall on the US-Mexico border.
Trump requires more than $ 5 billion for his signature wall. The democratic leadership has pointed to $ 1.3 billion as their hood and argued that it should fence.