MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The U.S. Senate blocked dueling bills to fund the government reopening on Thursday afternoon.
It has now left 800,000 federal workers, who were already stretched for cash, prepared to miss a second paycheck Friday.
Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker was among the 50 senators who voted in favor of President Trump’s plan to reopen the government and fund securing the border.
“The President actually has moved in positive steps in terms of a compromise. He didn’t like the DACA program, now he’s offered to extend it for another three years,” said Wicker. “I think it’s time for a counter offer and its time for Americans of good will to come to an agreement.”
WMC Action News 5 Political Analyst Michael Nelson said what played out Thursday at the nation’s capital was likely a clarifying moment for lawmakers.
“Both sides realize we’re not gonna win by insisting on doing things our way and this may be what it takes to force them to the negotiating table in a really serious way,” said Nelson.
The bills fell short by less than 10 votes.
It is unclear what steps Trump and lawmakers will take next.