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Are the Democrats to blame for the government shutdown?

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For the first time since 2013, the United States government is closed. Despite a lunch at the White House with the president, in an attempt to reach a deal to keep the government funded, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with most of the Democrats in the Senate and a few Republicans, voted against the House’s continuing resolution to fund the government until February 16. The Democrats want a deal made on DACA and have made it clear that they will not vote for anything that doesn’t support it. The president took to Twitter to point the finger at the Democrats for the shutdown.

According to CBS News, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, accused the Democrats of “shoe-horning…illegal immigration into this debate.” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also pointed the finger at the Democrats. “Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” she said. She continued,

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizen’s hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the president and his administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

So now the question is, are the Democrats to blame for the government shutdown?

CNN covering Government shutdown: Democrats and GOP blame each other

The Issue

Are the Democrats to blame for the government shutdown? Did they bring immigration into this situation? Or, are the Republicans at fault because they have the presidency and the majority in Congress?

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