UPDATE: The Senate adjourns for the holidays without coming to a deal to end the government shutdown over President Trump’s billion dollar budget demand for a U.S. – Mexico border wall.
Senator Majority Leader Mich McConnell announcing on the floor the senate will meet again on Thursday at 4 pm. McConnell leaving open the possibility of a deal to come together before the next meeting date.
Original Story: Both the House and the Senate are back in session to try and end a partial government shutdown. This comes just a day after members of Congress and President Donald Trump failed to come to an agreement on a deal, resulting in the third government shutdown this year. This is the first time in 40 years the government has been shut down three times in one year.
Despite the House of Representatives passing a bill on Thursday, which included this demand, it was clear on Friday that there was not enough support in the Senate for the bill, including the $5 billion for the wall, to clear.
The debate between the White House and Congress focuses not just on how much money to allocate to border security, but also on the language stipulating where and how that money can be spent.
A Senate Democratic aide said Saturday that talks continue at the staff level and confirmed that any deal will need signoff from congressional leadership and Trump before it comes to a vote.