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.