The partial government shutdown appears certain to extend into the new year, as the House of Representatives and Senate both have adjourned until Monday, the last day of 2018.
The sixth day of the shutdown showed little signs of movement. President Donald Trump is just back from a quick trip overseas to visit the troops, and Congress adjourned quickly without scheduling any votes.
The House was in session less than a minute before adjourning until Monday at 10 AM, while the Senate also quickly adjourned. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise sent a statement advising the lawmakers that no votes were expected this week and leaders of both chambers promised promised 24-hour notice if an unexpected breakthrough requires a return to Washington over the hiatus.
The dispute centers largely over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding of his controversial wall along the Mexican border. Both sides have hardened positions and little compromise appears likely at this juncture. President Trump has called Democrat opposition to the wall “obstruction” in a series of tweets.
For their part, Democrats claimed they have offered Trump options that exclude the wall, calling plans for the barrier “immoral, ineffective and expensive” in a statement from Derew Hammill, spokesman for Democrat House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
The shutdown has been in effect since midnight on Saturday, Some 400,000 federal workers are on the job without pay, while another 380,000 have been furloughed.