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Partial shutdown likely to continue until after Christmas

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What we covered here

  • Latest: The federal government partially shut down at midnight after lawmakers and President Trump were unable to reach a deal that includes $5 billion for his long-promised border wall.
  • Where things stand: Negotiations are continuing on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate has pushed “the pause button” until Trump and Senate Democrats come to an agreement.
  • The shutdown is limited in scope: Congress has already funded about 75% of the federal government through September 2019, including the Pentagon.
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Partial government shutdown likely to continue until after Christmas

The partial government shutdown will continue into a second day on Sunday and will now likely continue until at least Thursday, as Congressional lawmakers and President Donald Trump failed to come up with an agreement to fund the parts of the government on Saturday after funding for roughly a quarter of the federal government ran out on Friday night at midnight.

Here’s some of what happened on Saturday:

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor that there would be no action on the floor until Trump and Senate Democrats come to an agreement.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer addressed Trump during a speech on the floor where he said: “President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall – plain and simple.”
  • Vice President Mike Pence returned to Capitol Hill where he met with Schumer. Following their meeting, a spokesman for Schumer said the two sides were “still very far apart.”
  • President Donald Trump said on Twitter he will remain in Washington, DC, instead of heading to Florida like he had initially planned because of the shutdown.

What’s Next? The Senate will return on Monday for a pro forma Senate session, but the next actual session is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. In the unlikely event a deal is reached by Monday, the pro forma session could be used to pass it by unanimous consent or voice vote, something that would only require one senator to be in attendance. House Republicans have also been told there are no votes scheduled until at least Thursday.

House Republican leader says no votes scheduled before Thursday

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in a news release told members Saturday afternoon that there were no votes expected before December 27.

In the unlikely event a deal is reached earlier, House members could return for a vote.

Trump to stay in DC because of the shutdown

Melania departed for Mar-a-Lago Friday. She planned to spend the holiday with her son and the President at their Florida home, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

“It has long been the family’s tradition to spend their Christmas holiday at Mar-a-Lago,” Grisham said.

The President had planned to spend 16 days at his Palm Beach resort, which he’s styled as the “winter White House.”