TRENDING US government close to shutdown in fight over Trump's wall


US government close to shutdown in fight over Trump's wall


14:54, December 22, 2018

The US House of Representatives has adjourned, making a partial government shutdown all but certain.


Video source: VCG

House lawmakers left the Capitol on Friday (December 22) without an agreement on budget spending, leaving funding for key government agencies to lapse at the stroke of midnight, and furlough hundreds of thousands of federal workers days before Christmas.

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy informed lawmakers on Friday that they'll be given a 24-hour notice before a vote to end the shutdown, pushing a reopening of government until at least Saturday night.

House and Senate lawmakers left on Friday, amid last-minute talks between White House officials and congressional leaders.

Trump's fellow Republicans in the Senate failed to muster the votes needed to approve billions of taxpayers' dollars for a border wall that's fiercely opposed by the Democrats.

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