(National Sentinel) Shutting Down: The White House on Friday issued a blistering statement following the expiration of government funding, leading to a partial shutdown of the government, blaming it squarely on Democrats and their Senate leader, Charles Schumer of New York.

In the statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made it clear that President Donald J. Trump was putting American citizens first and foremost in any budget and related negotiations, but that Democrats were more interested in gaining protections for people in the country illegally, no matter when or how they came.

“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” Sanders said.

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” she continued.

“This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform,” Sanders added.

“During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

The House continuing budget resolution to fund the government through February 16 (and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years) failed a cloture vote in the Senate on a largely party line vote, 50 to 49.

All Democrats voted against cloture except Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Doug Jones of Alabama, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

All Republicans voted for cloture except Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky voted no for procedural reasons.

An absent John McCain of Arizona did not vote.

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