Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked two House-passed bills that would reopen the federal government on Thursday, according to The Hill. In the Senate, while any senator can pass a bill or force a vote, any senator can block the bill or vote.
Senate Democrats, including Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) attempted to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security until February 8. The bill would include a separate package to fund the remaining agencies until September 30.
McConnel called these “show votes” pointless.
The government shutdown, which is now on it’s 20th day, shows no signs of abating. On Wednesday, talks between President Trump and congressional leadership ended without a solution when Trump walked out of the meeting.
McConnell has promised not to bring up a bill that is not supported by President Trump.