UPDATE 2: Partial government shutdown guaranteed to continue into 2019

UPDATE 3 — 12/28, 2:28 p.m. EST: The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to shutdown at the end of the day on Friday due to a lack of government funds according to a memo by EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler seen by The Hill.

Specifically, almost 14,000 EPA employees will be furloughed, and operations covering power plant inspections, toxic substance reviews and Superfund cleanup activities will come to a halt.

 

UPDATE 2 — 12/27, 4:39 p.m. EST: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced Thursday no votes will be held to fund approximately 25 percent of federal programs and departments effected by the government shutdown for the rest of the week.

The Senate likewise will not hold its next full legislative session until Wednesday, Jan. 2.

President Trump tweeted the following after his return to Washington from Iraq where he visited U.S. troops on Wednesday.

 

UPDATE  — 12/23, 6:05 p.m. EST: White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday the partial government shutdown could extend into the beginning of 2019 when the new Congress convenes on Jan. 3.

In a “Fox News Sunday” interview, Mulvaney said President Trump is willing to negotiate off the original $5 billion request for border wall funding.  According to a congressional Democratic aide, the White House has offered a deal of $2.1 billion, closer to the Democrats’ offer of $1.3 billion for border security.

 

 

A partial government shutdown overtook Washington, D.C., at midnight after lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement over President Trump’s demand Congress approve $5 billion for the construction of a border wall with Mexico.

Seeking to fulfill a key campaign promise, Trump said Friday the nation needs to be prepared for “a very long shutdown.”

Under a partial shutdown, government employees deemed “nonessential” are furloughed.  In sum, of the 800,000 federal employees, 380,000 will be forced into a leave of absence, while over 400,000 more “essential” workers will be put on back pay.

The shutdown occurred hours after Senate Republican leadership was unable to earn enough votes to approve a spending bill with funding for Trump’s border wall.  In the House, a spending bill with border security funds passed along party lines.

An conflict revolving around funding for the border wall, both houses of Congress adjourned Friday, but are expected to return Saturday in a rare session to resolve a spending bill to re-open government.

Just ahead of the government’s stoppage, Trump had urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” and change chamber rules to avert the expected Democratic filibuster.  McConnell rejected the White House request.

The third government shutdown in 2018, the departments of State, Justice, Transportation and Homeland Security will close temporarily, with employees’ pay delayed.

Although national parks and government landmarks will close, mail service will continue and the court system will remain in operation.

Despite the shutdown, welfare checks and social security benefits will remain available to recipients.

 

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