The Senate blocked multiple immigration proposals on Thursday afternoon, leaving a contentious debate on how best to protect young immigrants from deportation and boost border security measures no closer to a resolution.
In a rebuke, a measure favored by President Donald Trump got the fewest votes of all four immigration-related amendments before the Senate on Thursday. It failed to advance by a 60 to 39 margin.
The amendments' failure leaves the chamber no closer to enshrining legal protections for up to 1.8 million immigrants either protected by an Obama-era program or eligible for it. It leaves doubts about any clear path for Congress to reach an immigration agreement that Trump will sign.
Senators' next move was unclear as of Thursday afternoon. The House could pass its own Republican immigration bill in the coming weeks, which would likely fail in the Senate.
"Even though this week has been squandered, this does not have to be the end of our efforts to resolve these matters," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell following the votes. He said senators can pass an immigration bill if they "get serious about finding a solution that can actually become law."
Many Democrats appear reluctant to yield concessions to Trump and anger their energized liberal base. On the other hand, Trump has held fast to limits on legal immigration as he tries to appease the voters who put him into the White House as he pledged to crack down on immigration.
McConnell contended that Trump went "clearly more than halfway to meet the Democrats" on immigration.
Trump ended the DACA program with an original March 5 phase out date. It will likely last past that deadline amid pending lawsuits.
"This crisis isn't going away, and I won't rest until Dreamers and their families have the future in America that they deserve," Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said in a statement.
Here are the four proposals that failed. The Senate was voting to shorten debate on the measures and effectively move ahead with them, and needed 60 votes to advance.
Earlier Thursday, the Trump administration repeatedly criticized the bipartisan plan and put its weight behind the Grassley proposal.
In a statement following the votes, Senate Democratic leader called it proof that Trump's plan "will never become law." Schumer added: "If he would stop torpedoing bipartisan efforts, a good bill would pass."
Trump has rejected multiple bipartisan proposals put before him. It has prompted bipartisan senators to express frustration about the difficulty of negotiating with the White House on immigration.
Trump weighed in on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, calling the bipartisan plan a "total catastrophe." He contended that backing it would be a vote AGAINST law enforcement, and a vote FOR open borders." He urged Democrats to support the Grassley bill.
Every Democrat opposed it.
— Correction: This story was updated to reflect that Pat Toomey is a senator from Pennsylvania.