VIDEO: Senate spending bill fails, government shuts down but lawmakers still negotiating


WASHINGTON (KRON) — The Senate bill funding the government has failed, and the government has officially shut down on Friday night.

Lawmakers could not reach a deal by 9 p.m. Pacific Time, but they are still negotiating.

Friday’s late-night vote means at least a short government closure is all but unavoidable. There have been no clear public signs that the two parties have significantly narrowed their disputes over immigration and the budget.

The House approved the measure Thursday over Democratic opposition. It would keep agencies afloat through Feb. 16, but Democrats want a package lasting just days in hopes of intensifying pressure on the GOP to compromise.

Republicans control the Senate 51-49. The GOP needed 60 votes to prevail, but the tally was 50-48 as of 11 p.m. Eastern time. The Senate is awaiting a final vote from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

President Trump will not speak Friday night on the government shutdown, CNN reports.

Here’s how the shutdown will affect you:

Here’s how White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded:

While some Republicans and White House officials called it the #SchumerShutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it the #TrumpShutdown.Stay with KRON4 for updates on this breaking news story on-air, online, and on the KRON4 app. OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON: 


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