U.S. Senate adjourns, guaranteeing partial government shutdown

U.S. Senate adjourns, guaranteeing partial government shutdown

Trump repeatedly has demanded funds to build the wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, and he told House Republican leaders before Thursday's vote he would not sign a bill approved by the Senate, which did not include funding for the wall.

"President Trump has thrown a temper tantrum and now has us careening toward a "Trump shutdown" over Christmas", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor on Friday.

The shutdown could persist at least until a new Congress convenes on January 3, and Democrats take control of the House from Republicans.

In order to break the impasse, Mr Trump has urged Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell invoke the so-called "nuclear option" whereby policy can be approved in the Senate with a simple majority instead of the 60 now required - bypassing the need for bipartisan support.

Trump added that it is the Democrats that are forcing the government shut down as they "continue to oppose border security".

Trump has tried to shift blame to Democrats for the impending shutdown, and did so again Friday from the Oval Office: "It's really up to the Democrats - totally up to the Democrats as to whether we have a shutdown", he said.

A Schumer spokesman said the senator met with Pence, Trump's new chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. A shutdown would leave a number of federal workers without a paycheck at Christmas.

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives adjourned late Friday, assuring the partial shutdown of federal government operations.

The Senate passed a spending bill earlier this week that did not provide any funding for a border wall.

Three-quarters of government programs are fully funded through next September 30, including those in the Defense Department, Labor Department and Health and Human Services. If enough Dems don't vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown! Now, the government is heading toward a partial shutdown if a spending impasse isn't settled by midnight.

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He must shut down the federal government over the border wall.

President Trump was quick to voice his displeasure, saying on Twitter on Thursday that he would not sign any bill that does not include the wall.

"The only path forward is to a bill that has an agreement between the president and both houses of Congress".

Talks between Trump's team and Republican and Democratic leaders were expected to continue over the weekend. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Trump's campaign team is also hanging over the White House.

But the Senate did not take up the bill amid widespread recognition that it was unlikely to pass.

McConnell has so far resisted doing that, and Republican Senators Jeff Flake and Orrin Hatch indicated on Friday that they would not support it. Absent action, much of the government will run out of funding hours later at midnight.

Most NASA employees will be sent home, as will Commerce Department workers and many at the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture and State.

"The potential tipping points seem to happen every day, every month, and we've lost perspective and we can't get our bearings", said Prof.

Unlike with some previous shutdowns, the National Park Service will keep almost all parks and monuments open, but with no staff or services available, and no bathrooms other than pit toilets.

With lawmakers like Meadows and prominent conservative commentators demanding that the president stick to his campaign promises, Trump doubled down on his wall. To move past a filibuster, the Senate needs 60 of 100 votes.

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