>> And the craziness today.>> Day two of the US government shutdown, and there no signs that it will end anytime soon.>> You have to compromise if you wish to govern.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where the nation's power center is powered down this weekend. With plenty of finger-pointing but little apparent negotiating to end a standoff that has left the federal government without the money to open its doors.
Republicans and Democrats remain locked in a stalemate over spending and immigration. And if anything, their positions appear to be hardening. President Trump and lawmakers haven't left town, but at this point they are more focused on playing the blame game than trying to find a solution.
turday brought the first concrete signs of a shutdown.
Visitors were turned away from the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. But the real impact will be felt Monday morning when hundreds of thousands of so-called non-essential federal workers will be barred from reporting to work.>> The motion's not agreed to.
>> Government money dried up at midnight on Friday as Democrats insisted that any funding had to include protections for people who came to the United States illegally as children, the so-called dreamers. Republicans said that Democrats are putting the needs of illegal immigrants ahead of American citizens.>> We do some crazy things in Washington, but this is utter madness.
>> But Democrats were standing firm. Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of negotiating in bad faith, saying he had scrapped a tentative deal on Friday.>> Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with jello. It's next to impossible.>> The White House said it was Schumer who cut off any progress by forcing the shutdown.
They said talks would not resume until Democrats agreed to restore government funding.>> But we're not gonna be held hostage and let our troops be held hostage over this. When they reopen the government, we will continue discussions.>> All of this one year to the day after President Trump was sworn into office on the National Mall.
>> So help me God.>> Protesters marching in cities around the country to mark the anniversary. Right now both Democrats and Republicans appear to believe that they are winning the shutdown, confident that their position will lead to victory in the November Congressional elections. And if they think that they have something to gain from this standoff, that's a sign that it may not be ending any time soon.