Pence blasts Senate Democrats in overseas speech to troops

Pence blasts Senate Democrats in overseas speech to troops
© Greg Nash

Vice President Pence blasted Senate Democrats during his overseas trip on Sunday as the government shutdown headed into its second day. 

"Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay, but you deserve better," Pence told troops at a U.S. airbase near the Syrian border.

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"You and your families shouldn't have to worry for one minute about whether you're going to get paid as you serve in the uniform of the United States," he continued. 

Pence told the troops the administration will "demand" Congress reopen the government. 

"In fact, we're not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers, and your families the benefits and wages you've earned," he said. 

The government shutdown entered its second day on Sunday after Senate Republicans and Democrats failed on Friday to meet a midnight deadline to fund the government. 

Most Democrats did not vote for a GOP funding measure because it did not include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, while Republicans said Democrats are holding the government hostage.

The administration has cited the impact the shutdown could have on the military when laying blame on Democrats. 

Pence warned of the "dangerous consequences" the shutdown would have on U.S. national defense after Congress missed the deadline. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE also cited the military in a tweet on Sunday, saying Republicans in Congress were fighting for the armed services.