McConnell: Democrats holding country 'hostage'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Ky.) blasted Democrats in a floor speech Thursday night over their threats to block a House-passed bill funding the government, saying they are holding the country "hostage" over immigration. 

"We ought to pass this resolution, and we ought to get back to work," he said. 

McConnell spoke for a little more than an hour after the House approved a bill to fund the government. Without new legislation from Congress, the government will shut down at midnight Friday.


Democrats and Republicans are battling in the court of public opinion over who would be to blame for the shutdown. 

McConnell said it would be Democrats, who he charged were shoving aside the military and children by opposing the House bill, which includes a six-year extension of the children's health insurance program. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerData confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue Pollster: Kavanaugh will get Dem votes Democrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans MORE (D-N.Y.) fired back that McConnell is "looking to deflect blame but it just won't work."

"Our leader, our republican leader, has said he will not negotiate until he knows where President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE stands," he said. 

Schumer was referring to McConnell's comments earlier this week that Trump has not yet made clear what proposal he would support on a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

A fight over that program, which protects nearly 700,000 workers from deportation, is at the center of the shutdown battle. Democrats want legislation to replace the Obama-era program that Trump is ending.