Senate fails to pass bill to avoid government shutdown
The Senate on Friday failed to pass a procedural vote that would have averted a government shutdown.
Enough senators rejected the motion, which would have ended debate on the House-passed Continuing Resolution. The Senate needed 60 ayes to bring the bill up for a vote.
The House-passed CR would have kept the government open for 30 days. Trump on Friday voiced his support for the temporary funding bill, writing on Twitter a “four week extension would be best.”
It remains to be seen whether lawmakers will strike a deal to fund the government before Friday’s midnight deadline.
House short-term spending bill blocked in Senate, making government shut down at midnight likely – absent a successful Hail Mary motion to keep it open.
— Tom Brune (@TomBruneDC) January 20, 2018