As clock ticks, US Senate looks to avert govt shutdown
The US Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse.
A bill to fund the federal government through Feb. 16, approved on Thursday night by the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, appeared on the verge of collapse in the Senate, where Democratic votes are needed to pass it. President Donald Trump postponed plans to go to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and met at the White House with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to averting the shutdown, a source familiar with the situation said.
“The president is continuing to reach out to them and he will continue to do so throughout the day,” White House legislative liaison Marc Short said of talks with Democrats. The House planned to recess later on Friday for a scheduled weeklong break but members were warned they could be called back for votes. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Thursday he was ratcheting up the likelihood of a government shutdown from 30 percent to a 50-50 possibility.
Short told reporters at a White House briefing that talks with Democrats on Thursday were …read more