Government Shutdown 2018: Where We Are Now

The government officially closed early Saturday morning after the Senate failed to pass a stopgap funding measure to keep the government operational.

Negotiations over legislation to keep the government open are expected to continue into the weekend.

Here are the highlights so far:

1:41 p.m. ET

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), whom the president has criticized as being largely responsible for the shutdown, said Donald Trump made a deal with him to fund the government Friday but later changed his mind, The Hill reported.

According to Schumer, negotiating with President Trump is “like negotiating with Jello”:

12:44 p.m.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters House Republicans would likely accept a three-week funding measure to reopen the government, saying: “I believe we would accept if they go to Feb. 8.”

Other Republicans, like South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, have endorsed such a measure:

Many Democrats, however, are instead pushing for a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government for only a few days.


Senate entered into session.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) criticized Democrats on the floor, blaming them for the government shutdown.

“We did our job,” Ryan said. “Senate Democrats simply refused to do theirs … Senate Democrats refuse to fund the government unless we agree to their demands on something entirely unrelated [DACA] … As we speak, furlough notices are going out to federal workers across the country. Senate Democrats shut down this government, and now they need to open this government back up.”

11:38 a.m.

White House chief of staff John Kelly called members of Congress from the White House to discuss ending the shutdown.

Legislative director Marc Short and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders.

11:15 a.m.

House Republicans granted themselves “same-day” authority through Jan. 29 to ensure that any bill filed within the next nine days can be brought to the floor on the same day it is reported.

Typically, the House must wait a day before starting to consider a bill after it goes to the House Rules Committee. The new authority speeds up that process.

10:50 a.m.

Politico reported that two House Democrats said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were negotiating the spending bill when McConnell got a call from Speaker Ryan. Afterward, negotiations ceased.

Ryan has said he would not support any bill for DACA not supported by the Trump administration. Without his support in the House, Democrats say a vote on DACA is meaningless.

10 a.m.

Leader McCarthy criticized an idea to reopen the government on the promise of a DACA vote, Politico reported.

“I think it’s more difficult to get any agreement on DACA in a shutdown,” he said. “My advice is: if they got the government open again, they’re more likely to get an agreement.”

Republicans seem to echo McCarthy’s criticism, favoring opening the government before making a deal, while Democrats want to make a deal before reopening the federal government.

9 a.m.

House lawmakers reconvened at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. According to Leader McConnell, the Senate will convene at noon with votes to follow:

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