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Government shutdown nears as short-term spending bill fails

          <p class="speakable">A shutdown of the U.S. government was looking closer to a certainty late Friday after a short-term spending bill failed to advance in the Senate.</p>

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          <p class="speakable">The bill to keep government running through mid-February failed after 10 p.m., after a vote to end debate did not garner the 60 votes needed for passage, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/shutdown-looms-as-senate-democrats-dig-in-against-gop-spending-plan/2018/01/19/f4370868-fccd-11e7-a46b-a3614530bd87_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar&amp;tidr=a_breakingnews&amp;utm_term=.7c57be76bff4" target="_blank">the Washington Post reported</a>.</p>





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          The vote left little hope that an alternative deal would be reached before a midnight EST deadline arrived.



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          Earlier Friday, President Donald Trump seemed pessimistic that a deal could be reached in time.





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          "Not looking good for our great Military or Safety &amp; Security on the very dangerous Southern Border," the president <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/954541219970977793" target="_blank">tweeted</a>. "Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy."












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                <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Not looking good for our great Military or Safety &amp; Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy.</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/954541219970977793?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

          Negotiations, however, were continuing through the evening, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., still working to pass a resolution to keep the government open, White House sources said.





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          Earlier in the day, demonstrators were seen protesting in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the Russell Senate Office Building. Democrats are refusing to back a short-term spending bill unless it includes protections for illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.





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          "Republicans – who control the House, Senate, and WH – are on the verge of making #TrumpShutdown a reality because they refuse to protect DREAMers and provide long-term certainty for our military, the opioid crisis, CHIP, and other key issues," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamPelosi/status/954545337368113157" target="_blank">tweeted</a> late Friday night.












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                <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here’s where we’re at: </p>

Republicans – who control the House, Senate, and WH – are on the verge of making #TrumpShutdown a reality because they refuse to protect DREAMers and provide long-term certainty for our military, the opioid crisis, CHIP, and other key issues.

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 20, 2018