Congress appears no closer to reopening government

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 2:55 p.m.

Republicans and Democrats appear to be no closer to ending a government shutdown, and the White House is indicating it's waiting for Democrats to drop their demand that a funding bill include protections for younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

Budget director Mick Mulvaney and legislative affairs director Marc Short are lobbing verbal attacks at Democrats for blocking a spending bill over the unrelated legislation.

Short told said Saturday that "it's like a 2-year-old temper tantrum."

Mulvaney said the administration is trying to mitigate the impact of the funding lapse, noting many national parks and government offices will be open during the duration. But he says the effects will still be significant.

Democrats are blaming the shutdown on Republicans, who control the White House and Congress.

2:40 p.m.

The White House said President Donald Trump will not attend a fundraiser at his Florida estate because of the shutdown.

Mulvaney said Trump will not appear at the high-dollar fundraiser Saturday night at his Palm Beach estate.

Mulvaney also said that Trump's participation in the World Economic Forum is up in the air. He said the White House is taking Trump's visit, as well as the planned attendance of much of the Cabinet at the Davos, Switzerland, event, "on a day by day basis."

Trump is scheduled to depart Washington for the Swiss Alps on Wednesday evening. A number of White House staffers and agency advance teams are already on the ground awaiting his arrival.

12:40 p.m.

A Florida fundraiser celebrating Trump's first year in office will go on without him.

That's according to a Trump campaign official who was not authorized to publicly discuss planning and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump had hoped to spend the anniversary of his inauguration in Florida attending a high-dollar fundraiser taking place Saturday night at his Palm Beach estate.

Instead, the president is reckoning with a federal government shutdown brought on by disagreement with lawmakers over what should be included in a government funding bill.

Tickets start at $100,000 per couple and $250,000 to attend a round-table. The proceeds benefit a joint committee between Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee.

12:35 p.m.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi rejected a fallback plan by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a short-term spending plan through Feb. 8.

Pelosi said "there's no point" in approving a short-term bill unless both sides agree on how to move forward.

She and other Democrats said Saturday that they want parity on spending increases for defense and domestic programs such as opioid addiction and community health centers.

Pelosi says that even without a dispute over immigration, Democrats would not agree to a GOP spending plan unless it pays for domestic programs Democrats consider crucial.

Democrats have blamed the shutdown on Republicans, who control Congress and the White House. Republicans say Democrats are "holding our government hostage" to win protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

12:25 p.m.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said the partial government shutdown is "utter madness" and he is blaming it all on Senate Democrats.

Ryan said Saturday that the Democrats are "deliberately holding our government hostage" to win protections for younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

He blasted Democrats for a filibuster on a House-passed stopgap funding bill that would keep the government open through Feb. 16 and reauthorize a health care program for 9 million children from low-income families. He accused them of "opposing a bill they don't even oppose."

Ryan said, "We do some crazy things in Washington, but this is utter madness."

Democrats are blaming the shutdown on Republicans, who control Congress and the White House.

11:10 a.m.

The White House said Trump phoned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss strategies to reopen the government.

The shutdown is marring the anniversary of Trump's inauguration. For a businessman who made his career selling himself as a deal-maker, he is struggling to find consensus with Congress on a funding agreement.

The White House says Trump will not negotiate with Democrats over their demands to provide legal protections for roughly 800,000 young immigrants until the government is reopened.

10:25 a.m.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi gave Trump an F for "failure in leadership" on the anniversary of his inauguration.

Pelosi also slammed congressional Republicans on Saturday as the government shutdown began.

In a speech on the House floor, Pelosi said Republicans who control the White House and hold majorities in the House and Senate are "so incompetent and negligent that they couldn't get it together to keep the government open."

Pelosi urged Republicans to "get down to business for everyday people in America."

She said Trump has tweeted that the country "needs a good shutdown." She said: "Your wish has come true for your one-year anniversary."