Senate Leaves the Swamp with No Vote in Sight

The partial government shutdown will drag into next week after the Senate adjourned until Monday and House GOP leaders said they did not expect a vote this week to reopen the government.

On day six of the shutdown, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) advised members “that no votes are expected in the House this week.”

“As the House awaits Senate action on remaining FY19 appropriations, we will aim to provide 24 hours’ notice ahead of any expected votes in the House,” Scalise’s office added in a notice.

At 4 p.m., the Senate convened, only to announce that there would be no action in that chamber either.

It adjourned until Monday, when there will be a pro forma session on the last day of 2018. It is then scheduled to meet on Jan. 2.

About 25 percent of the federal government shut down on Saturday after Congress and President Trump were unable to reach a deal on funding over demands from the White House for $5 billion in funding for a wall on the Mexican border.

Little progress has been made in negotiations since as Democratic lawmakers and the White House remain at odds over funding for Trump’s proposed border wall.

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