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BY: David Rutz
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) lit into Senate Democrats on Saturday, blaming them for the "needless" government shutdown that he called "utter madness."
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"One party in one house of this Congress is deliberately holding our government hostage," Ryan said.
An irate-sounding Ryan said on the House floor that the shutdown was pointless but it was important to dissect why it happened.
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The GOP-controlled House passed a spending bill Thursday to fund the government through Feb. 16, which also included an extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.
However, all but five Senate Democrats voted against the bill Friday night, effectively guaranteeing a shutdown since 60 votes were needed to overcome a filibuster—Republicans hold a slim majority with 51 seats, and all but four of them voted for the bill.
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"We did our job, but Senate Democrats simply refused to do theirs," Ryan said.
Democrats largely held the line since it didn't address the fate of "Dreamers," the immigrants brought to the country illegally as children who were shielded from deportation by President Barack Obama's 2012 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) executive order.
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President Donald Trump rescinded DACA in September, giving Congress until March to find a legal solution.
"There is no reason for this shutdown," Ryan said. "We...
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