Democrats will object to Senate adjourning amid shutdown

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students MORE (D-Va.) plans to object to the Senate adjourning for the week Thursday afternoon amidst a 20-day government shutdown, according to Senate sources.

Kaine and his fellow Senate Democrats want to ratchet up pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Trump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (R-Ky.), who earlier in the day blocked a Senate vote on House-passed legislation to reopen government agencies not connected with the partisan standoff over the border wall.  

“Why would the Senate leave town this weekend before voting to reopen the government?!” Kaine tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

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“Countless federal workers aren't being paid. People are worrying about how to pay bills. Congress could act now to fix it if Mitch McConnell would just take up a bill. Let's stay here and do it!” he wrote. 

Kaine has told McConnell that he will object to any motion to adjourn the Senate for the week, something that is usually approved as a matter of routine on Thursday afternoons.  

Sources familiar with the floor standoff over adjourning for the week said Kaine has made McConnell “aware” and is now waiting for the GOP leader’s response. 

McConnell could either hold a vote to override Kaine’s objection or keep the Senate in session through the weekend although no votes would be expected, according to one senator briefed on the plan. 

The GOP leader angered Democrats earlier Thursday by refusing to allow a vote on a bundle of six bills funding government agencies that don’t have jurisdiction over the hot-button issue of border security. 

McConnell argued the House-passed legislation won’t go anywhere without President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE’s approval. 

“The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless — absolutely pointless — show votes back and forth across the aisle,” he said. 

Negotiations appeared to collapse Thursday among a group of moderate Republicans led by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban MORE (R-S.C.) who had sought to find a compromise. 

“I think we're stuck. I just don't see a pathway forward,” Graham told reporters.  

Jordain Carney contributed.