President Donald Trump says he’s “just honored” that almost all Senate Republicans voted for his proposal to trade funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall for temporary protections for some immigrants, even though lawmakers rejected the bill.
It was one of two measures designed to end the partial government shutdown that failed in the Senate on Thursday. Democrats sponsored the second bill.
Fifty of 53 Senate Republicans voted for the Trump proposal.
Speaking at the White House, Trump said, “I just really want to thank the Republicans for holding.” He added that he was “just honored that almost all of the Republicans voted for our bill.”
Trump also praised Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who was the only Democratic senator who voted for Trump’s plan.
The White House says Trump will not accept a short-term deal to reopen the government unless it includes “a large down payment” for his promised border wall.
The statement from White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday came as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer were meeting to try to hash out a solution.
Earlier Thursday, the Senate rejected competing Democratic and Republican proposals for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown, which is the longest in the nation’s history.
Sanders says the Senate leaders are trying to see “whether or not they can work out of the deadlock.” But she says a three-week continuing resolution “would only work if there is a large down payment on the wall.”