Partial shutdown likely to continue until after Christmas

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries, Paul P. Murphy and Sophie Tatum, CNN
12:34 p.m. ET, December 27, 2018
9:02 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Senate passes bill to ensure furloughed federal workers get back pay

From CNN's Ted Barrett

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

From CNN's Phil Mattingly, Kaitlan Collins and Sarah Mucha

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.

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

From CNN's Liz Stark

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 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

From CNN's Ted Barrett and Phil Mattingly

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (L) and Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

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

From CNN's Manu Raju and Steve Brusk

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.

7:35 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

The House has adjourned for the night

From CNN's Manu Raju

The US House of Representatives adjourned for the night, just hours before the deadline to fund parts of the federal government ends.

Where things stand: Lawmakers and President Trump still have not yet reached a deal to stave off a shutdown.

Asked if he would bring a bill with $1.6 billion in border security funding to the House, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters: “I’m not bringing any bill to the floor that does not have the support of the President — and we got to make sure it protects the border and the same time as it funds government.”

7:14 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Trump points to Democrats in latest tweet from the Oval Office

From CNN's Liz Stark

President Trump just tweeted an image of himself in the Oval Office apparently signing a bill, pen in hand.

Trump noted that he canceled his trip to Florida because he's waiting "to see if the Democrats will help us to protect America’s Southern Border!"

Read his tweet:

What's happening on Capitol Hill: Negotiations will continue through the night, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told CNN.

Earlier this evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking from the floor, urged Democrats to work with the White House on an agreement.