Several of the state’s Republicans, including Monroe’s Jody Hice and Evans’ Rick Allen, said they would not collect their congressional salaries while the government remained shuttered.
Georgia Democrats were quieter over the weekend, but they lined up behind their party leaders, who argued the blame for the shutdown should be placed squarely on the shoulders of Trump and the GOP. Democrats said they have been reaching out to Republicans for months to strike a budget agreement and grant legal status to young undocumented immigrants.
“Senate Republicans have been unwilling and unable to reach a bipartisan agreement with Democrats to fund the government,” said Lithonia Democratic U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson. “President Trump has sent conflicting signals from the sidelines, and this is why we face a government shutdown.”
Most of the state’s lawmakers remained on the sidelines this weekend as negotiations to reopen the government occurred mainly between senior party leaders. But they hung around town for periodic closed-door updates and possible votes.
Isakson on Sunday took part in bipartisan talks among a group of more than a dozen senators seeking to hammer out an agreement that could satisfy party leaders and the president.
“We are working toward a resolution for the current impasse and toward debate to reopen the government,” Isakson said in a written statement.
Isakson's Senate colleague, Republican David Perdue, has urged his ally in the White House to take a harder line on immigration in recent months -- the biggest issue that's divided the two sides so far. Perdue said Saturday that talks over immigration and government funding should be handled separately.
Meanwhile, some Georgia Republicans in the House echoed Trump’s calls for the Senate to change its rules and kill the filibuster, which has allowed the Democratic minority to block government funding bills.
The filibuster is "failing our military," tweeted U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger. "So 19th century."
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