Trump says he hopes government shutdown 'will not last long'

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Congress is planning to be back in session Saturday at noon and lawmakers have been informed they will receive 24-hours' notice to return to the capitol, Washington. That bill is nearly certain to fail in the Senate on Friday. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) told The Associated Press.

Top Senate Republicans journeyed to the White House Friday to figure out their next move.

Mr Schumer told Mr Pence, Mr Mulvaney and Mr Kushner other offers to keep the Government running with existing levels of border security funds remained on the table.

According to a fact sheet released by Democrats from the Senate Appropriations Committee, more than 420,000 essential government workers would have to work without pay until the partial shutdown is resolved.

Without a deal, funding for about 25 percent of the government expires at midnight.

"It's possible that we'll have a shutdown". What Trump and his immigration point man Stephen Miller really want is this: Stop all immigration.

In one of his tweets this morning, Trump said, "He [McConnell] will need Democrat votes, but as shown in the House, good things happen". In a phone call with Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico's president at the time, Trump said that he understood Mexico would not pay for the wall but asked Peña Nieto not to say that publicly so Trump would not lose standing among his base. "Call it a Democrat shutdown, call it whatever you want, but we need their help to get this approved", the president said.

Mr Trump will postpone his Christmas trip to Florida in the event of a shutdown, aides said.

No signs of Trump backing down as shutdown looms
With Friday night deadline, funding fight shifts to Senate

The president's comments come as a stopgap funding bill recently passed by the House heads to the Senate, where it's deemed likely to fail on Friday since it includes more than $5 billion in wall money, notes CNBC.

Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said he was not convinced after a White House meeting with GOP leaders that Trump would sign the Senate bill. They wrote a new bill that added $5.7 billion in additional border security to a measure that would fund dozens of other departments and agencies at their current levels through February 8. The House's bill grants $5.7 billion in border wall funding as President Donald Trump has threatened to veto any bill that does not adequately fund the wall. "The bill that's on the floor of the House, everyone knows will not pass the Senate". If enough Dems don't vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown!

"I think it's admirable, and I think that the country should respond. obviously, we can't let citizens raise money and say, 'The government will spend my money on this objective.'" Rep.

Under current rules, spending bills are approved in the House of Representatives with a simple majority vote.

The possibility of a government shutdown fed investor anxieties that contributed to another down day on Friday for USA stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.82 percent, the S&P 500 lost 2.06 percent and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.99 percent.

The nine departments that will shut down early December 22 represent about a quarter of the $US1.24 trillion in government spending for fiscal year 2019.

Roughly a quarter of federal agencies - including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Agriculture, State, and Justice - will shut down by the end of Friday if no deal is reached. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, would not be affected by any government shutdown because it's an independent agency. I'm supposed to believe, we're supposed to believe that we're then going to build the border security wall and keep our promise from the 2016 campaign?

More than half of the 1,700 people who work for the executive office of the president would be furloughed. But that deal fell apart on Thursday, when Trump indicated he wouldn't sign that bill after all.

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