Nerves fray as shutdown talks at impasse

Talks between Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and congressional Republican leaders have broken down, raising anxieties among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about finding a way to end the government shutdown.

Schumer had not spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) or Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as of 8 p.m. Saturday evening, the shutdown’s first day.

Neither side showed any signs of backing down when the Senate adjourned Saturday evening without a deal in sight.

While both sides are furiously playing the blame game, McConnell thinks he has the upper hand and plans to raise pressure on Democrats by forcing votes on resolutions to reopen the government.