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By Leigh Ann Caldwell and Frank Thorp V
1; A final part of the effort of a handful of Senate Republicans to resume the government suddenly ended only 24 hours after it began in yet a sign that the government closure is not near the end. It is a rapid decline that showed that there is no good will left between Democrats, Republicans and the President.
A challenged later Lindsey Graham, RS.C., who launched the Wednesday morning effort with citizens of Republicans frustrated by an ongoing immortality, told reporters “I’m done.”
“I don’t know who to talk to, and I don’t know what to do,” Graham added.
The end of the effort happened as soon as it began. Graham organized a group of four other Republican senators, all of whom have expressed concern about the suspension – Susan Collins of Maine, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – to make a suggestion that would give President Donald Trump what he wants for border security while adding provisions that the Democrats want.
Members who participate in the discussions knew that the idea was a long shot but still tried to fill a gap in negotiations. Later majority leader Mitch McConnell had taken a back seat, repeatedly saying it is up to Democrats and drums to reach an agreement.
“We have a role here as legislators and you have a group of individuals coming together to see if we can get something happening,” Murkowski told reporters on Thursday morning.
The group put their ideas to McConnell in the morning. They suggested that the government should resume for a short time to allow for broader discussions, according to a senator participating in the negotiations. Boarder discussion may include relief for Dreamers eligible for the postponement for child arrival program, or assistance for 400,000 immigrants from Haiti and Central America, who are too destined to lose their temporary protected status, or TPS this year, Senators said.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence was on Capitol Hill, meeting with individual members, including Cory Gardner, R -Colo., Who also wants an immediate end to the suspension. Gardner said he talked to Pence about “ways to bring (House Speaker) Nancy P elosi back to the table. “
Pelosi did not immediately reveal the idea of adding DACA to the negotiations. She said the Democrats are “totally” ready to discuss Dreamers, but memories of the last round of border finance talks and a DACA agreement have resurrected.
“You saw what happened last time. Trump backed out,” Senate Minority Chuck Schumer said.
And then Angus King, I-Maine, who was part of the bipartisan group negotiating the immigration agreement in 2018, said the White House is a difficult negotiating partner.  “I spent six weeks on last winter. We got a good result and the White House torpedoed it, King said.” So the real question is “What’s the point?” “
Even Senate Tillis noted that the president is the unknown factor in negotiations.
“We need to know what the president wants,” he said.
Republicans were cautiously optimistic that the White House would be open to thought. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner attended the meeting in Graham’s office on Wednesday and a republican senator told NBC he was optimistic about a broader compromise after talking to the president and his chief of staff Mick Mulvaney this week.
“They supported it then, which I think is a decent indication. “Later, Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said it was referring to the president’s support for a $ 25 billion exchange for legal status of DACA recipients.
But then the White House signaled that it would not maintain the idea.  “If the Supreme Court rules the President Obama decision, which he knew would not hold up, we will have an agreement with the dreams,” Trump said while visiting the southern border in Texas on Thursday.
Negotiations ended on Thursday afternoon, one day after they began.
“It is very difficult when we are dealing with people who do not want to shove at all in their positions, and it is PRESID ent and Speaker Pelosi, Collins said.” They are all very buried in their positions and it has done so very difficult to solve. “
And now Graham, who opposed Trump who declared a national emergency, released a statement saying that Trump would declare a national emergency.” 19659027] “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to finance the construction of a boundary wall / barrier, “writes Graham in a statement.