Democrats and the White House must drop the “blame game” and restart talks to reopen the government fully, weary lawmakers said Sunday as Capitol Hill lurched toward the new year without any sign that they will break the impasse over President Trump’s border wall.
Senior Republicans said an extension of legal status for “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. illegally as children could be the sweetener Democrats need to approve the $5 billion Mr. Trump wants for the wall and end the federal shutdown, which has entered its second week.
“To my Democratic friends, there will never be a deal without wall funding and many Republicans are going to offer something as an incentive to vote for wall funding that you have supported in the past,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Democrats, who can block bills in the Senate because of the 60-vote requirement even before they take control of the House later this week, said they are willing to negotiate a deal but remain leery, arguing that Mr. Trump will move the goal posts if they compromise with Republicans.
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