Partial government shutdown set to extend into next Congress

The House and Senate adjourned Thursday without reaching a compromise that would end the shutdown of roughly 25 percent of the federal government.

The office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise early Thursday afternoon notified members that “no votes are expected” this week, virtually ensuring the partial government shutdown affecting about 800,000 workers will continue as Democrats take control of the chamber in January.

The Louisiana Republican’s email to all House members likely ends chances of a legislative compromise emerging between President Trump and Congress over billions of dollars in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as President Trump is demanding.

Then, the Senate came into session for less than five minutes later Thursday afternoon, and it adjourned until Monday at 10 a.m. for a pro forma — no votes — session. The Senate will then return at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

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