Saturday, December 22, 2018


BREAKING: With No Spending Package, Partial Government Shutdown Begins
From the words of President Trump, we’re going to have a shutdown. Fox News’s Chad Pergram says that Trump is willing to sign a spending package that includes $2.6 billion for the border wall. Around 10:45 P.M. tonight, the White House instructed agencies to prepare for a shutdown and initiate the proper protocols (via AP):
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney is instructing agencies “to execute plans for an orderly shutdown” when government funding lapses at midnight.
The partial government shutdown is expected after President Donald Trump wasn’t able to agree with Democrats and Republicans in Congress over funding for his border wall with Mexico. Despite negotiations over the last 48 hours, they remain at an impasse.
Mulvaney says in a memo for government executives that “we are hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration” but that employees should report to work when scheduled to “undertake orderly shutdown activities.”
The president hoped that the shutdown wouldn’t last long, but folks from both sides of the divide say brace yourselves for the long haul. The process has already begun.
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UPDATE: It's official now. Happy Shutdown, everyone:
A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his cherished Mexican border wall, a chaotic postscript for Republicans in the waning days of their two-year reign controlling government.
Vice President Mike Pence, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney left the Capitol late Friday after hours of bargaining with congressional leaders produced no apparent compromise. “We don’t have a deal. We’re still talking,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters.

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