McConnell accuses Democrats of stonewalling funding talks with wall demands 

McConnell accuses Democrats of stonewalling funding talks with wall demands 
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (R-Ky.) knocked Democrats on Thursday, accusing them of holding up government funding talks days ahead of the shutdown deadline. 

McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, accused Democrats of trying to force another continuing resolution (CR), which would extend fiscal 2019 spending levels.

“The story is the same as it’s been for months. Partisan policy demands, poison pills, exactly the playbook that the Speaker of the House and the Democratic leader had explicitly promised months ago in writing that they would not use to sabotage appropriations,” McConnell said.

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The Senate GOP leader accused Democrats of trying to restrict President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE’s ability to shift defense money to the border wall. Republicans view such demands as “poison pills,” provisions that are considered non-starters by one party.

“Even in mid-December they are still using those tactics to jeopardize all of our progress. It doesn’t have to end this way,” McConnell said 

McConnell’s comments come as top negotiators are holding a round of crucial closed-door talks Thursday.

The top leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations committees met Thursday to try to narrow their differences on the fiscal 2020 bills.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyAppropriators fume over reports of Trump plan to reprogram .2 billion for wall The Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment tug-of-war expected to end soon McConnell tells GOP senators to expect impeachment trial next week MORE (R-Ala.) said after the meeting that they were making progress but it would be difficult to reach an agreement in principle on Thursday. 

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“We’re talking seriously,” Shelby said.

Asked if he was making process, he added “on some things.”

“It would be hard. It’s very difficult,” Shelby said, asked if it was realistic to get a handshake deal today.

Shelby, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees House Democrats unveil .35B Puerto Rico aid bill Appropriators fume over reports of Trump plan to reprogram .2 billion for wall MORE (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees Senate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations Treasury watchdog to investigate Trump opportunity zone program MORE are meeting later Thursday.