Government shutdown enters 5th week

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WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) – The president and vice president visited the Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Memorial on Monday as the government shutdown enters the fifth week. 

During that trip, the president did not discuss the current status of the government shutdown. 

“As we speak our government is shut down for one reason, so that the president of the United States can fund a monument to hate and division along our southern border,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats condemning the president’s weekend offer to to reopen the government if they agree to build the border wall.

The president is promising Democrats he’ll agree to sign a bill to provide some undocumented immigrants temporary protection from deportation if Democrats agree to the $5.7 billion for the wall.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the efforts a non-starter, “Mr. President, open up the government and then Democrats and Republicans can have a civil discussion and come up with bipartisan solutions.”

While Schumer is a “no,” the White House only needs seven Democrats to vote yes to move the bill forward in the Senate. Currently, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he’s “undecided” on the proposal.

As for the House of Representatives, House Democrats say they’ll spend the week focused on border security, including spending money on technology to better scan cars at checkpoints for drugs, notably, the bill would not spend any money to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, 

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