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A pedestrian walk past the U.S. Capitol ahead of a possible partial government shut down in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

House adjourns without spending deal, making shutdown near certain

The House has adjourned without a deal on spending, virtually guaranteeing a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday.

Senators are also being told there will be no further votes Friday as talks continue.

President Donald Trump’s team was on Capitol Hill late Friday trying to broker a compromise as he pushes for billions of dollars in border wall funding.

READ MORE: What a partial government shutdown would look like

Without a deal, funding for parts of the government will expire at midnight.

Lawmakers from both parties say they will continue negotiating to prevent a midnight partial government shutdown as they seek agreement on measures to secure the U.S-Mexico border.

With the help of a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate kept alive a bill that would provide billions in funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall.


Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss ongoing negotiations, the president’s motives, why Democratic confidence is rising and what a shutdown would mean.

But the Senate did not take up the bill amid widespread recognition that it was unlikely to pass. Instead, lawmakers said leaders of the House and Senate from both parties will negotiate with the White House to reach agreement.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona voted to advance the House-passed bill, but said there was no path forward for it in the Senate.

Prospects for agreement were murky amid Democratic opposition to Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion for the wall.

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