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Breaking: Government shutdown certain as House and Senate fail to reach agreement over border wall


No solution was found to the standoff over the border wall

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Despite various attempts at negotiation between Democrats and Republicans, the U.S. government is heading towards a partial shutdown at midnight on Friday.

Although the House of Representatives passed a budget on Thursday, it contained $5 billion for the construction of the border wall promised by President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

"The House is adjourned for the night. The Senate has told senators there will be no votes tonight," reported CNN's Phil Mattingly.

"The reality is if there's a deal to be had," he added, "that deal will not be reached tonight and there will be no votes tonight."

"That's a non-starter"

Democrats refuse to cooperate with Republicans to pass a budget that would contain border wall funding.

"President Trump, you will not get your wall," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on the floor of Congress. "Abandon your shutdown strategy. You are not getting the wall today, next week, or on January 3."

"President Trump, you own the shutdown," he added. "You said so in your own words. And President Trump may get his wish, unfortunately."

"In terms of wall funding that's a non-starter," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to the press. "I think they know that."

Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also indicated that the bill was not heading anywhere in his speech before Congress.

"There is no path forward for the House bill," said Flake. "The only path forward is to a bill that has an agreement between the president and both houses of Congress."

380,000 people put on furlough because of the shutdown, others will continue to work but will not get paid.

Earlier in the day, the president said to reporters, "We're totally prepared for a very long shutdown."

"It's really up to the Democrats," Trump added, "totally up to the Democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown. It's possible we have a shutdown."

Here's the latest on the government shutdown saga from CNN:

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