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Government is Still Partially Shut Down

Lawmakers left capitol hill Friday night with no agreement for a spending bill. Leading the government to a partial shutdown. Negotiations are expected to continue over the weekend.

Posted: Dec 22, 2018 10:45 AM
Updated: Dec 23, 2018 10:36 AM

WASHINGTON D.C. -- 

UPDATE 12/22 

After failing to reach an agreement on border wall funding, both sides digging in.

Trump tweeted, "Our great country must have border security."

Senator Chuck Schumer (D) Minority Leader says, "Mr. President, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declaring the senate out of session until after Christmas asking Democrats and the President to come up with a deal.

McConnell says, "We've pushed the pause button until the President, from whom we'll need a signature, and Senate Democrats from whom we will need votes, reach an agreement."

Following a lunch meeting with the President on Saturday, Republican Senators indicated they would settle for less than the $5 billion the President wants for the border wall, but balked at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumers offer of $1.3 billion.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina says, "I'll tell you what it's gotta be. It's gotta make some sense. I don't think I would take an offer of 1.3 when i've been previously offered 1.6."

Both sides arguing this is all a political stunt.

Schumer says, "The wall is President Trump's bone to the hard right people. It's no way to spend $5 billion, for political bone."

Graham says, "They just have a hatred for Trump, they've won the house, they want the fight, they don't wanna solve the problem they are going backwards not forwards."

Now with the halls of congress empty, not much optimism that this shutdown will end soon

As of midnight Saturday, more than 400,000 federal employees are temporarily working without pay. Including some border security officials. 

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President Donald Trump says, "Let's get it done. The shutdown hopefully will not last long."

After a dramatic day, the senate adjourned Friday night without a deal to avert a government shutdown, but an agreement to keep working.

Senator Mitch McConnell  the (R) Majority Leader says "I hope Senate Democrats will work with the white house on an agreement that can pass both houses of congress and receive the president's signature."

Lines of communication between key players did reopen in a last-minute effort. Early Friday afternoon, a government shutdown seemed inevitable.

Senate Republicans returning to capitol hill after a meeting at the white house where the president reiterated he wouldn't budge on his border security demands.

Later the white house sent Vice President Mike Pence, budget chief and incoming acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Adviser Jared Kushner to capitol hill to meet Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D) Minority Leader says "We are willing to continue discussions on those proposals with the leader, the President, the Speaker of the House, and the Leader of the House."

Thursday night House Republicans furiously worked to pass a stopgap spending bill. Extending government funding until February and adding 5.7 billion dollars for a wall.

The House also adjourned Friday night, waiting for the next move.

Representative Kevin McCarthy (R) House Majority leader says, "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."

The President Friday night putting the shutdown burden on the Senate.

President Donald Trump says, "Now it's up to the Senate and it's really up to the Democrats because we need their votes."

This partial government shutdown impacts nine of the fifteen cabinet level departments and a number of agencies.
It accounts for about 25% of government funding and about 420,000 federal workers will be working without pay until the shutdown is over.

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