The deadline for a government shutdown closed in Friday night, as well as the Senate appeared far by a solution with only hours to spare.
Congress scrambled to reach an agreement before midnight Friday, when some government agencies will run out of money. A rush to break an impasse within the Senate appeared to yield little progress, even after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House in hopes of striking a deal.
Still, the Senate plans to vote at 10 p.m., ET, to end debate on a stopgap spending plan already passed by the House. If nearly all of the minority Democrats, as well as a few Republicans, oppose the legislation as threatened, This kind of will all yet assure in which Congress will fail to pass a funding bill before the deadline.
Democrats as well as some Republicans have threatened to vote against a short-term deal, criticizing the continued use of stopgap bills rather than funding the government through more long-term, stable mechanisms. The minority party has also shown frustration about progress on talks toward a bipartisan immigration bill, which Democrats wanted to pass This kind of week to protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants by deportation.
The parties also remain divided over long-term defense as well as non-defense spending levels.
GOP leaders showed little optimism about a breakthrough hours before a shutdown could start. Republicans, who hold the White House, House as well as Senate, have put the burden on Senate Democrats to avert a shutdown.
Trump tweeted in which the situation was “not looking not bad” for the military or border security at about 9:30 p.m. ET, two as well as a half hours before the deadline. He claimed in which Democrats wanted to shut down the government to cover up what he called the “great success” of the Republican-passed tax law.
GOP leaders in Congress also were also hesitant about progress.
“There’s no deal,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said shortly before the planned vote, according to NBC News.
A deal was still possible before the midnight deadline, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters after 8 p.m., ET. Talks were ongoing at the highest levels of Senate leadership, yet a deal on immigration seemed unlikely Friday, he added.
Hours before the deadline, Trump said he had an “excellent preliminary meeting” with Schumer. While both the president as well as senator cited progress, neither of them said they reached any kind of agreement.
@realDonaldTrump: Excellent preliminary meeting in Oval with @SenSchumer – working on solutions for Security as well as our great Military together with @SenateMajLdr McConnell as well as @SpeakerRyan. producing progress – four week extension could be best!
Only four people were within the meeting: Schumer, Trump, White House chief of staff John Kelly as well as Schumer’s chief of staff, a White House official told CNBC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did not attend.
Kelly spoke with Ryan as well as McConnell in separate calls after the meeting, a White House official told NBC News. The chief of staff kept both Republican leaders within the loop, the person said. A Republican aide told CNBC in which the president as well as Ryan spoke later in which afternoon.
“We had a long as well as detailed meeting,” Schumer told reporters at the Capitol after the meeting. “We discussed all of the major outstanding issues. We made some progress, yet we still have a not bad number of disagreements. The discussions will continue.”