Senate takes shutdown drama into final day

Senate takes shutdown drama into final day
© Greg Nash

The Senate adjourned Thursday night without resolving the fate of a House-passed funding bill, extending the drama about a possible government shutdown until the last possible day.

Government funding will expire after 11:59 p.m. on Friday and Senate leaders will only have 13 hours to negotiate a solution after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP MORE (R-Ky.) adjourned the Senate without a deciding vote.

Democrats say they have the votes to block debate on the four-week government spending measure, which would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and address other priorities.


Democrats are objecting to the measure because it does not address the fate of immigrants who came to the country as children and now face deportation because President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (N.Y.) called on his colleagues to hold a crucial procedural vote at 10 p.m. Thursday so Democrats could quickly kill the House-passed measure and begin a new negotiation.

But McConnell declined to allow quick action and pushed to consider the matter only hours before government funding expires, seeking to put more pressure on Democrats to vote to advance the measure.

A number of vulnerable Senate Democrats facing tough reelections this year in states won by Trump have said they don’t want the government to shut down.

If they vote against the four-week House-passed spending stopgap, there will be very little time to come up with an alternative bill to keep federal agencies open.

The spending stopgap needs 60 votes to overcome a Senate filibuster.