Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Senate failed to pass two bills Thursday that would end the longest government shutdown in history and fund the border wall. Senate Democrats began by striking down the Republican-sponsored compromise bill introduced by President Trump, as reported by the Associated Press. 

This bill would reopen the government, fund the border wall, and would grant amnesty for DACA recipients. The bill required 60 votes to pass and came to a 50-47 vote just short of the 60 votes needed to pass.



Republicans also struck down a bill introduced by the Democrats to reopen the government during their debate over border wall funding. The Democrat’s bill would’ve kept the government open through February 8, to allow time for bipartisan negotiation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, appealed to lawmakers before the Thursday vote saying that sacrificing border security “is not worth hurting the American people.”



Moreover, Republicans and Democrats in congress are at a stalemate.The partial government shutdown is 34 days in and 800,000 federal employees are waiting for their next paychecks.

The situation is presenting problems for both parties — the president remains firm on the $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall, while Democrats refuse to negotiate until the government shutdown ends.