Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that a Democratic-led House package to fully reopen the government could pass the Senate—if Republicans would give it a vote. 
 
"Once the House passes these two bills, Leader [Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.) should put them on the floor, where I believe they will receive strong bipartisan majorities. It's going to be very hard for a lot of Republicans to vote no on the same bills they supported just a few months ago," Schumer said. 
 
The House is expected to pass a plan to reopen roughly 25 percent of the government later Thursday. One bill would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8. The second bill would include funding for the remaining six appropriations measures through Sept. 30. 
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Democrats argue Republicans should easily be able to support the six bills unrelated to DHS funding because they largely mirror legislation that was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee last year. Senate Democrats blasted out emails to reporters on Thursday highlighting previous GOP support for the legislation. 
 
But McConnell has said he will not "waste time" by bringing up the House package given President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE's opposition. The White House issued a formal veto threat on Thursday. 

McConnell's office appeared to try to paint Schumer as opposed to the Senate voting on the House Democratic plan, noting that he had previously said that Trump had to publicly back a bill before it could get a vote.

"Sen. Schumer’s strict criteria has not been met: All four leaders have not signed off, and the White House issued a SAP opposing the House bill," McConnell's office said.
 
Democrats, however, have fired back that Republicans are holding funding unrelated to the border fight as a "hostage" in the stalemated negotiations. Trump is demanding $5 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. House Republicans passed a bill last month that included the funding but it can't get the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate. 
 
Schumer blamed Trump on Thursday for the partial shutdown and questioned why senators should let "a temper tantrum determine how we vote." 
 
"Even if there are disagreements about border security, why not pass the six noncontroversial bills? That's the question I would ask every one of my Republican colleagues," he added.
 
Congressional leadership is expected to go back to the White House on Friday for a second "briefing" on the border. An initial briefing on Wednesday produced no movement toward a deal to end the partial shutdown. 
 
The Senate previously passed by voice vote a stopgap bill that would fund approximately a quarter of the government through Feb. 8 with the expectation that Trump would sign it. But the president, under pressure from conservative allies, said he would not support the bill.