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McConnell: 'Government may be heading into shutdown, but the Senate's not'

Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks on the floor of the Senate after the Friday, January 19, 2018funding deadline passed, triggering a government shutdown. (CNN Newsource)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he was going to keep the Senate in session over the weekend to vote again on a bill that would provide short-term funding to keep the government open.

McConnell spoke shortly after midnight as a partial government shutdown went into effect.

"We're going to keep on voting," McConnell said. "The government may be heading into shutdown, but the Senate's not shutting down. And we're open to talk and to resolve this."

The Senate will reconvene on Saturday to continue negotiations. McConnell said he would introduce an amendment for another deal that would fund the government through February 8.

The House is also scheduled to return at 9 a.m. EST for a rare Saturday session to manage the shutdown.

McConnell joined with the White House in blaming Democrats for the government shutdown, arguing that they "shoehorned" talks about immigration into a "non-controversial" government spending bill.

Both the White House and the Republican leadership in the Senate began referring to the failed Friday vote as "the Schumer Shutdown."

Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer spoke from the Senate floor to rebut the claim, stating, "This will be called the Trump Shutdown."

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Schumer argued that Trump scuttled a possible bipartisan agreement, saying, "It's almost as if [Trump] were rooting for a shutdown. And now we'll have one, and the blame should crash entirely on President Trump's shoulders."

Schumer encouraged the Senate to sit down tomorrow and complete a deal, "so the entire government can get back to work."

The shutdown will immediately affect non-essential government workers and government programs. Military operations and other security matters will continue to be funded, but government employees will not be paid. Other non-essential federal government workers will be furloughed.

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