NO DEAL: Trump Holds Strong on Border Wall Funding – Senate Will Reconvene After Christmas
President Trump is holding strong on border wall funding and wouldn’t back down to Chuck Schumer’s tantrum on Saturday.
A partial government shutdown began last night at midnight ET after the House adjourned without a border wall funding solution from the Senate.
On Friday, McConnell rejected using the nuclear option to pass the bill with 51 votes because he didn’t have enough support to change the Senate rule which currently requires 60 votes.
The Senate advanced the vote to the floor Friday evening, however negotiations on a new package including all seven appropriations bills fell short.
The House and Senate got back to work on Saturday with a series of meeting with the President.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) refused to budge; he will not allow funding for the border wall so negotiations came to a halt.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the government shutdown will continue through Christmas and the Senate will reconvene on December 27th.
Senate done for the day. No action to end shutdown until at least December 27. McConnell says the Senate returns for a pro forma session on December 24 at 11 am.
The next scheduled session is on the 27th (4 pm et).
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 22, 2018