Dem senator: McConnell does not want a shutdown but must stand up to Trump

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Health Care: Democratic gains mark setback for Trump on Medicaid work requirements | Senate Dems give Warren 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder | Judge strikes Trump rule on health care 'conscience' rights Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder Former NAACP president to run for Cummings's House seat MORE (D-Md.) said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Fireworks on health care expected at Dem debate | Trump FDA pick dodges on vaping ban | Trump to host meeting on youth vaping Friday | AMA calls for immediate vaping ban GOP senator blocks vote on House-passed Violence Against Women Act On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (R-Ky.) does not want a government shutdown, but needs to stand up President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE to avoid one.

McConnell “is trying to find a way in which we can avoid this," Cardin said on CNN Tuesday. "He does not want a government shutdown. I’m convinced about that. But will he take on President Trump?”

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A partial shutdown will happen Friday if there is no agreement over funding.

“It makes no sense for government to shutdown," Cardin explained "The issue we’re talking about is border security, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have reached an agreement on border security that would give the president another $1.6 billion for border security, but just not a wall.”

“If the president can’t go along with that, we have another way to keep government open. It’s called a continuing resolution, where we keep government open while we negotiate our differences.” 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (D-N.Y.) also called on McConnell to take a stand over funding last week.

“Leader McConnell says he doesn’t want a shutdown, but he refuses to engage with the president to tell him what’s transparently obvious to everyone else. There will be no additional money for the wall,” Schumer said. 

He added that McConnell has an “obligation” to “help persuade the president” to accept a deal over border funding.

Trump said he would be "proud to shut down the government" over border wall funding during a televised meeting with Schumer and Democratic Minority Leader Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (D-Calif.) earlier this month.