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House adjourns without spending deal, making shutdown near certain

22 Décembre 2018

The White House previously confirmed that President Donald Trump will not travel to Florida this Christmas if the government shuts down. "But I'm also committed to funding the government". Some 800,000 federal workers will either be put on leave or forced to work without pay.

"The shutdown hopefully not last long". The Drudge Report used the headline, "Trump in Retreat". Changing the filibuster rule over this one spending battle could change the way the Senate works in unforeseen ways, even giving an advantage to Democrats who have proposed programs like Medicare for All.

"There's a whole lot of numbers being thrown around", but a maximum US$1.6 billion for border security "is not acceptable".

"President Trump: you will not get your wall", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the floor.

If no deal is reached, parts of the U.S. government will begin to close at midnight on Friday (6pm tonight, New Zealand time).

"It's possible that we'll have a shutdown. I'm not going to blame you for it". "So Democrats, we have a wonderful list of things we need to keep our country safe".

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Trump's border wall prototypes near the US-Mexico Border in California What's the reaction? With the House flipping to the Democrats in late January, this is likely seen as President Trump's final chance to fund a border wall until the 2020 campaign.

The U.S. government was careening toward a partial shutdown Friday after President Donald Trump's quest for a border wall left Congress without a clear plan to keep the government running past a midnight deadline. Democrats favor border security, Schumer said, but he denounced the wall as "ineffective, unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive".

In early morning tweets on Friday, Mr Trump accused Democrats of "trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned".

Rubio said that earlier in the week Republican senators went with the bipartisan funding bill because Vice-President Mike Pence had told them the White House was open to such a proposal.

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GOP leaders - who didn't think they could get a majority of votes for the border wall - sweetened the bill by adding nearly $8 billion in disaster relief money, to help areas in the South hit by hurricanes, and places out West which have suffered from wildfires.

"Obviously this is being discussed at high levels, and I think we're getting much closer to a solution", he said.

The controversial bill would have provided $5billion (£3.9billion) for the funding of President Trump's planned border wall.

That's the short story of a wild and endless day in Washington DC when many stunned lawmakers who had just gone home for the holidays had to scramble back on flights and trains to the capital city to cast their votes for a downright ridiculous Trump negotiation drama.

Earlier on Friday, Trump said a shutdown of key parts of the federal government could last "a very long time".

The government will shut down at midnight Friday if lawmakers can not put a bill on the president's desk that he is willing to sign.

On Thursday night the House of Representatives passed a new Republican bill which included the $5 billion.

It is a rule change that would allow the budget to pass by a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the 60 now required under Senate rules.

But support for the nuclear option is sparse, even among Republican lawmakers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.82 per cent, the S&P 500 lost 2.06 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.99 per cent.

The $5 billion is in line with what the President has requested of Congress, but passage of the measure significantly raises the chances that the government will at least partially shut down at the end of the week. "We have time right now to get it done".

House adjourns without spending deal, making shutdown near certain