Former RNC chair: 'This shutdown rests at the feet of the GOP'
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Former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele says that the GOP is to blame for the government shutdown after lawmakers missed the deadline to pass a funding bill late Friday.

"Despite the rhetorical effort to paste Democrats with 'Schumer's Shutdown' and to redefine what constitutes majority control of the Senate ('60'? Really?), the fact remains that this shutdown rests at the feet of the GOP and it appears a majority of Americans agree," Steele told Politico

Steele, who chaired the RNC from 2009-2011, before former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusFounder of veterans group says Trump Jr. can join the military if he 'really wants to understand what sacrifice is all about' Mulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus MORE, called the shutdown "pitiful" and said it "certainly could have been avoided."

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The former Republican Party chief blamed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE for sinking a potential deal, saying Trump "wound up negotiating against himself by taking a potential agreement off the table."

Democrats have sought to pin the shutdown on Trump, with Senate Democrats saying Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year MORE (D-N.Y.) were close to a deal on Friday but the president backed away from it.

Republicans, meanwhile, have blasted Democrats for insisting that a funding bill include a legislative fix for those affected by Trump's decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation.

Congressional leaders were scrambling on Saturday to figure out a plan to fund the government after the Senate defeated a House-passed stopgap spending measure late Friday, shortly before the shutdown took effect at midnight.