Senate adjourns without spending deal; shutdown imminent

Posted at 8:06 PM, Dec 21, 2018
Trump Border Wall
The Capitol is seen at day’s end as the Senate works on a House-passed bill that would pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall and avert a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


WASHINGTON – The Senate adjourned Friday without voting on a deal on spending. That came an hour after the House ended its session, guaranteeing a partial government shutdown will begin at midnight eastern time.

Senators are expected to return Saturday to continue talks. The agreement still hinges on money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump has given lawmakers an ultimatum to pass a bill to fund the border wall or face a shutdown.

Earlier this week the Senate passed its own version of a stopgap spending bill — which did not include funding for the wall — and left Washington for the holidays. Many members few back to Washington today to debate a measure the House passed Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday a vote will take place when an agreement is reached.

Meanwhile, President Trump has canceled his planned trip to Mar-a-Lago and will remain at the White House in the event of a shutdown.