Partial shutdown likely to continue until after Christmas

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10:09 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

"We're going to have a shutdown": Trump blames Democrats in video tweet

In a video released on Twitter Friday evening, President Trump called for greater border security "with a wall or a slat fence or whatever you want to call it."

He later pointed the finger at Democrats: "We're going to have a shutdown. There's nothing we can do about that because we need the Democrats to give us their votes."

"Call it a Democrat shutdown. Call it whatever you want. But we need their help to get this approved," he added, 10 days after telling the Democrats in the Oval Office -- and Americans watching on television at home -- he would be "proud" to shut down the government over border security.

As a closing message, Trump said: "The shutdown hopefully will not last long."

9:30 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Pence team tells lawmakers $1.6 billion for the wall won’t be enough, source says

Vice President Mike Pence (C), and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (2nd-R) leave Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's office on Capitol Hill on Dec. 21, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Vice President Mike Pence (C), and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (2nd-R) leave Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's office on Capitol Hill on Dec. 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

A person familiar with Vice President Mike Pence, budget director and incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s five-hour trip to the Hill said they made clear that $1.6 billion for the wall wasn’t going to cut it.

The source said something closer to the $2 to $3 billion range is expected, according to where negotiations are right now. The one number not mentioned tonight was $5 billion. 

Two sources on the Hill side said there were proposals sent back and forth between Democrats and the Pence team, but the two sides remain as far apart as ever. Democrats have made clear their baseline remains stop-gap spending bills with the current $1.3 billion in border security and fencing. They are not willing to move beyond those offers at this point

An important note: Voting probably won’t happen tomorrow since leaders have said members will get a 24-hour heads up when things are looking promising. If a deal is to be reached, votes could happen as early as Sunday.

9:02 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Senate passes bill to ensure furloughed federal workers get back pay

The Senate before they adjourned Friday passed a bill to ensure furloughed federal employees get back pay.

The bill, which passed by unanimous consent, will still need to pass the House.

Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, who represent Maryland where many DC area federal employees live, introduced the measure.

8:50 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Vice President Pence, Mulvaney, Kushner have left the Hill

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Vice President Mike Pence met with lawmakers at the US Capitol Dec. 21, 2018 in Washington, DC.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Vice President Mike Pence met with lawmakers at the US Capitol Dec. 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence, budget director and incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner have all left the Capitol.

They did not answer shouted questions as they departed. They had been on the Hill for five hours.

8:43 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

White House calls a "lid" for the night

The White House has now called a "lid" for the night, meaning we will not see or hear from the President until tomorrow.

8:35 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

A partial shutdown will happen at midnight

The US Capitol is seen ahead of a possible government shutdown, in Washington, DC, Dec. 21, 2018.
The US Capitol is seen ahead of a possible government shutdown, in Washington, DC, Dec. 21, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The government will partially shut down at midnight tonight.

This shutdown would be the first time in 40 years that the government has shuttered three times in a year.

With the House and Senate adjourned, there is no mechanism in place for a vote tonight, even if an 11th-hour deal is reached.

8:16 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

NOW: The Senate has adjourned for the night

The Senate has now adjourned for the night. They will return at noon tomorrow.

7:48 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have left Capitol Hill for the night

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (L) and Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (L) and Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have left the Capitol, apparently for the night.

As McConnell left, he said “constructive talks are underway.”

Asked if he would be coming back to participate in the talks, McConnell said:

“As I’ve said repeatedly, we need Democratic votes and presidential signature.” 
7:40 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

A government shutdown is virtually assured at midnight

 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

While negotiations continue to reach a deal, there is virtually no chance a vote will happen tonight — all but assuring there will be a government shutdown at midnight.

The House has adjourned, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said there will be no vote tonight in the Senate.

Barring any very unexpected change, the third government shutdown of the year will start in four and a half hours.