"We're dysfunctional right now", said Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who voted in favour of the funding measure on Friday night.
"We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands", it said. The other side won't engage until the government is open. And that's led to the fourth government shutdown in a quarter-century.
"Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our risky Southern Border", Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.
The Senate was set to reconvene at noon on Saturday, with McConnell seeking a new stop-gap measure to fund the government till February 8. "One party, in one house of this Congress, is deliberately holding our government hostage", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said during a floor speech on Saturday.
In a late-night vote, opposition Democrats in the Senate joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running for another four weeks.
"They're using the kids as an excuse". According to the Democratic leader, Trump agreed to the outline of a deal on immigration, healthcare, and funding during a one-on-one meeting at the White House just hours before the deadline. Instead, they traded accusations of responsibility for the shutdown.
By early evening, however, that plan was dead.
There were polls before the shutdown started warning Republicans that they would shoulder the blame.
For now, the only possible off ramp is a three-week spending bill that most Democrats don't appear willing to embrace.More news: US South hunkers down for snow, ice
There is shared outrage about how broken the whole system is, so it's possible that means neither side will feel much of a effect from this debacle.
First is the little room that exists for these public servants' public image to drop. The only institution with a lower level of trust is the Congress itself.
It's a striking display of Washington dysfunction. It was viewed as driven by conservative Republicans, chiefly Sen. "That tells you all you need to know".
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding measure on Thursday.
Although Trump was personally involved in the negotiations with the Democrats to secure the funds needed to keep his government functioning, it did not reap any results.
OK, lesson learned. Shut it down?
His failure to win passage by the US Congress of a stopgap bill to maintain funding for the federal government further damaged his self-crafted image as a dealmaker who would fix the broken culture in Washington.
Democrats have been taking heat from their base, and particularly from immigration activists, for not pushing the DACA issue to the brink in December when government funding was last extended.
The shutdown formally began on Saturday, the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.
"This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present", Trump wrote on Twitter with the hashtag #DemocratShutdown.
Meanwhile, McConnell said Schumer "took the extraordinary step" of preventing the legislation from passing and thus "plunging the country into this totally avoidable mess". "Let's move past the posturing and the blame game and get these negotiations done, get the government reopened". National parks and federal museums will be open, but with potentially reduced services. Critics would have hammered him for attending such an event while government workers were being put on leave and many government services curtailed.