"He sort of slammed the table, and when Leader Pelosi said she didn't agree with the wall, [Mr. Trump] walked out and said, 'We have nothing to discuss,'" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters, although Mr. Trump has denied that he slammed the table.
The bills would have approved new funding and reopened the federal government without the $5.7 billion Trump seeks for the border wall.
Senate unanimously passed legislation providing back pay for federal workers affected by the govt shutdown.
The House plans to vote tomorrow on the bill (S 24) the Senate passed today that would provide federal workers impacted by the shutdown with back pay once the lapse in funding is resolved.
JUST IN: Senate approves back pay for federal workers when shutdown ends
The mixed news came Thursday afternoon, when senators voted unanimously to authorize the eventual post-shutdown funding of back pay.
Mr. Trump and congressional Democrats are currently at an impasse over the partial government shutdown, with Mr. Trump refusing to sign any legislation which does not provide funding for a border wall.
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to ensure furloughed federal workers will get back pay as workers carried out demonstrations across the country calling for an end to the shutdown.
Once the House passes its own bill, President Trump will sign it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in calling the measure to a voice vote.
Senate oks bill to provide back pay to furloughed federal workers once shutdown is over
The Senate had good news and bad news for the 800,000 federal employees who won’t get paychecks on Friday because of the partial government shutdown: Yes, they will be paid, but no, not until there’s a deal to restore funding.
Trump said he plans to keep the shutdown going indefinitely as long as Congress refuses to fund his border wall.
"I had an opportunity to talk to the president a few moments ago, and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we are discussing here to guarantee that government workers who've been displaced because of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated," McConnell said on the Senate floor.
McConnell has said that he will not put any bills that won't get Mr. Trump's signature on the Senate floor.
Senate Guarantees Federal Workers Back Pay
In response, the National Federation of Federal Workers is co-sponsoring a rally outside the White House Thursday.
While federal employees planned to show their disapproval of the shutdown publicly, McConnell blocked two bills Thursday that were passed by the House last week.
SENATE-> After assurances from the Majority Leader that President Trump will sign the bill, S. 24 was passed by voice vote - to provide back pay for federal workers furloughed during this government shut down.
Your honor, I pledge to pay back the people I’m robbing, when I eventually stop robbing them.” The Senate could just take another vote and start paying government workers right now.
Funding was cut to about 25 percent of the government on Dec. 22, when Democrats refused to include $5.7 billion for Trump’s border wall in a spending bill.
BREAKING: The Senate just passed a bill to make sure all federal employees receive back pay once the shutdown ends. It’s time for the president to reopen the government and stop holding federal workers hostage to his unrealistic border wall demands.