No agreement yet to avoid USDA shutdown
December 21, 2018
Senators are returning to Washington to try to work out a deal with the House to avoid a partial government shutdown that would include the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration.
But President Donald Trump today tweeted that there will be a shutdown "that will last for a very long time" if Democrats don't vote to fund the border wall with Mexico.
Although Trump earlier said he would be glad to take credit for a border wall-related shutdown, today he tweeted that the Democrats now "own" the shutdown.
Trump also tweeted today that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., should end the 60-vote requirement in the Senate to move toward a vote, but McConnell refused. McConnell has gone to the White House to meet with Trump.
The White House press pool sent out a notice that it had received no information on the meeting and suggested that people "hold on your hats. And also your phones. And probably move toward a television."
If the government shuts down, it is likely that when the Democrats take charge of the House on January 3 they would put forward a funding bill that the Senate could support.
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