Government Shutdown Looms as Senate Struggles with Border Wall Funding


President Trump has made it clear that there is a "good chance" for a partial government shutdown as the Senate scrambles to provide billions in funding for a border wall. 

On Thursday, the House approved $5.7 billion for the construction of the wall as part of a measure to fund the government through early February. 

Democrats are refusing to give in on a border wall, leaving the Senate struggling to set up a vote on the spending package. 

“President Trump: you will not get your wall,” Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said on the floor. “Abandon your shutdown strategy. You're not getting the wall today, next week or on January 3rd, when Democrats take control of the House.”

The Senate needs a simple majority to take up the spending package and would then need a 60-vote majority to pass. 

Trump told reporters Friday he hopes there won't be a shutdown but is prepared to ride one out if the spending package does not include funding for border security. 

"Now it's up to the Democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown tonight," Trump said.

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