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Two Democratic senators call for blocking votes unrelated to shutdown

Both Democratic senators from Maryland said Sunday that the Senate shouldn't take up any legislation unrelated to the partial government shutdown until a vote is taken to reopen the government.

Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenRomney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Trump administration finalizes rollback of migratory bird protections MORE (D-Md.) wrote on Twitter that Democrats in the Senate "should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government," while also calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism MORE (R-Ky.) to allow a vote to reopen the government. 

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"Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans allow a vote on the bipartisan bills the House passed to open the government. Mitch, don’t delay. Let’s vote!" he tweeted.

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinRomney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster Georgia keeps Senate agenda in limbo MORE (D-Md.) wrote in response that he "agreed" and called the shutdown a "crisis" and a "fundamental failure."

"Agreed. This isn’t business as usual. This is a crisis, a fundamental failure to govern, and Americans are suffering for it," he tweeted. "The Senate should not take up any bills unrelated to reopening the government until [McConnell] lets us vote on exactly that." 

The government is currently in its third week of a partial shutdown, with lawmakers unable to come to an agreement on President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE's demand for $5 billion in border wall funding.

Trump has said he won't sign a funding bill that doesn't include money for the wall, while Democrats have vowed not to approve any wall funding.