Partial government shutdown set to arrive at midnight

WASHINGTON β€” The House and Senate left Capitol Hill Friday evening without reaching a stopgap funding deal, essentially guaranteeing a partial government shutdown at midnight for the third time in two years.

The move followed a vote to open debate in the Senate on a temporary funding bill β€” a move that left an open channel with the White House for negotiations.

The vote on the bill, which included $5 billion in border wall funding, was held open for more than five hours. It ended just before 6 p.m., when Vice President Mike Pence broke a 47-47 tie vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the chamber voted to proceed β€œin order to preserve maximum flexibility for productive conversation to continue between the White House and our Democratic colleagues.”


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