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

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinAmerica is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction Financial aid fraud is wrong — but overcorrection could hurt more students Democrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' MORE (D-Md.) said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTwo years after Harvey's devastation, the wake-up call has not been heeded McGrath releases ad blasting McConnell with coal miners in Kentucky: 'Which side are you on?' Prediction: 2020 election is set to be hacked, if we don't act fast MORE (R-Ky.) does not want a government shutdown, but needs to stand up President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative 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?”


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 SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? 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 Pelosi11 Essential reads you missed this week Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? MORE (D-Calif.) earlier this month.