Regrettably, it appears that the U.S. government is moving towards a partial shutdown at midnight tonight.
Earlier this week, U.S. House and Senate leadership (both Republicans and Democrats) reached a deal to fund the government into early February. While funding for border security remained contentious, the White House had signaled a willingness sign the legislation and advocate for their priorities with a new Congress.
However, on Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump changed his mind. Requiring $5 billion for construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, Trump sent House leaders back to Capitol Hill, where they passed a continuing resolution to fund the government that included border wall funding. That legislation is destined to fail in the Senate today.
Trump commented this morning on Twitter that the shutdown might last “for a very long time.” The longest government shutdown lasted 21 days (Dec. 5, 1995, through Jan. 6, 1996).
A path forward to fund the government, at this point, is unknown.
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Please note: The National Institutes of Health and Department of Energy Office of Science will remain open and unaffected if a partial government shutdown occurs. Those agencies and other programs are fully funded through the end of fiscal 19. The National Science Foundation, National Aeronautical and Space Administration and other science funding agencies would be affected by this partial shutdown.
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