GOP blocks Dems bill to temporarily reopen gov’t

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., steps out of the chamber prior to a vote on ending the partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite | The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Controlling the Senate have scuttled a Democratic attempt to temporarily reopen the shuttered portions of the federal government.

The measure would have reopened agency doors through Feb. 8 to give bargainers time to seek a budget accord, an approach that GOP leaders tried last month — only to be undercut by President Donald Trump.

Trump is refusing to reopen the government until he gets a deal on funding for his long-sought border wall.

The Democratic measure had already passed the House, but fell short Thursday of the 60 votes required in the Senate to defeat a GOP filibuster.

Polls have shown that the public is blaming Trump for the shutdown and his approval numbers have sunk as the impasse drags on. The partial government shutdown is now in its 34th day. Federal workers are on the verge of missing another paycheck Friday.

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