Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Frustration Spills out as St. Louis Area Lawmakers Decry Government Shutdown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Frustration Spills out as St. Louis Area Lawmakers Decry Government Shutdown

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WASHINGTON * Rep. Rodney Davis said Saturday he thinks Democrats voted against a bill to keep the government open in order to score political points on the anniversary of President Donald Trump's first year in office.

Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill., said that repeatedly in a call with reporters Saturday afternoon, saying that for Democrats, "it's more about messaging on their part than governing."

He pointed to statements made by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York made as the shutdown hour approached Friday night.

"Tomorrow marks a year to the day President Trump took the oath of office on the Capitol steps," Schumer said. "Unfortunately a Trump shutdown would encapsulate of the chaos he's unleashed on our government."

The shutdown also came on the same day that marchers gathered in cities around the country to commemorate the anniversary of women's "resistance" marches against Trump.

Behind-the-scenes negotiations continued Saturday as members of the House and Senate gave speeches or held show votes as they waited for a possible resolution of the shutdown, which began at midnight Friday.

Frustrated members took to Twitter and issued statements, mostly blaming the opposing party for the impasse.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, quoted the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" while imploring for renewed negotiations. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, had to postpone a weekend trip to meet her first grandchild, born Thursday in Savannah, Ga.

Davis, who is one of scores of Republicans targeted by Democrats in the fall, joined with Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro another on the Democrats' target list and other GOP House members from Illinois blaming their state's two Democratic senators for the shutdown. The impasse happened late Friday when Republicans fell 10 votes short of the 60 necessary to stop a filibuster, and Illinois' Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth voted no.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who herself is in a tough re-election fight, was one of five Senate Democrats who voted against the shutdown. …

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