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Working late into the night, the US Senate has rejected advancing a bill that would fund the federal government for the next 30 days. That means the government will technically shut down at midnight Eastern Time.
Senate Democratic leadership opposed the bill in an attempt to force Republicans to accept their terms on DACA. Sixty votes were needed for passage, but 48 senators voted against it.
Four Republicans — Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul — voted against advancing the continuing resolution. Five Democrats — Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Doug Jones, Joe Manchin, and Claire McCaskill — broke with their party and voted for the bill. Arizona Senator John McCain was absent for health reasons.
“This is completely unfair and uncompassionate for my Democratic colleagues to filibuster government funding, harm our troops, and jeopardize health coverage for nine million children because extreme elements of their base want illegal immigration to crowd out every other priority,” Senate Majority Leader McConnell said.
Serious effects of a shutdown won’t be felt until government employees are scheduled to return to work Monday morning. There is still a chance a compromise could be reached before that time.