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Senate votes down two separate bills to end shutdown, so what's next?
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Senate votes down two separate bills to end shutdown, so what's next?

The shutdown has now reached day 34

The Senate rejected two separate bills to fund the government and end the government shutdown on Thursday — one put forward by each party.

What's the story?

The Senate voted 50-47 against a Trump-endorsed bill to fund the government, which included $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall. This bill had not yet gone through the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

The Senate also rejected a Democratic spending bill, which has passed the House 231-180. This bill would have temporarily funded the government through Feb. 28, until a new deal could be reached. The only Democrat to vote against that bill in the House was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex (D-N.Y.), who objected to the bill's continued funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This legislation ultimately failed in the Senate by a vote of 52-44.

Both bills were expected to fail in the Senate.

"I think it certainly puts everybody on record, and if nothing else I would hope at least that this would get the conversation going again," Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said, according to Politico.

What comes next?

It's back to the drawing board for both sides.

Democrats in the House of Representatives are working on another funding bill that would include $5 billion for border security, but with the stipulation that this security not include a wall. Even if this bill passes the Senate, President Donald Trump is unlikely to sign it.

The government has been partially shutdown now for 34 days. Trump has said that he will not sign any bill to fund the federal government that does not include $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the border between the U.S and Mexico. Democrats in Congress have so far been unwilling to agree to any bill that contains funding for a border wall.

During a news conference on Jan. 4, Trump said he would be willing to keep the government shutdown for months or years, although he said he hoped it wouldn't "go on even beyond a few more days."

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