ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud VA Medical Center and VA Clinics in Alexandria, Brainerd, and Montevideo will remain operational on normal schedules, providing health care services to our nation’s Veterans.

Veterans can plan on keeping their VA health care appointments.

Feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to dodge blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showing few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end a government shutdown.

The finger-pointing played out in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively working for a solution — or at least actively making the case the other party was at fault. The scene highlighted political stakes for both parties in an election-year shutdown.

Democrats refused to provide votes needed to reopen the government until they strike a deal with President Donald Trump protecting young immigrants from deportation, providing disaster relief and boosting spending for opioid treatment and other domestic programs.

The Senate planned a vote by early Monday on a spending extension.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.