Partial shutdown of United States government looms after spending deal fails

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Without a new agreement in place, funding for about a quarter of all U.S. federal agencies will lapse at 00:00 local time (05:00 GMT Saturday).

Top Senate Republicans journeyed to the White House Friday to figure out their next move.

"While Trump heads off to his exclusive golf club in Florida, his Christmas gift to some 800,000 federal employees is to deny them their paychecks", Sanders wrote. "The shutdown hopefully not last long".

However, in his two years in office, the wall has failed to materialize. He also promised Mexico would pay for it, which Mexico has said it will never do.

Democrats favor border security, Schumer said, but he denounced the wall as "ineffective, unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive".

That $1.6 billion would only be $300 million more than the amount that both parties in the Senate approved in a temporary funding bill on Wednesday, only for Trump to reject it.

After a rare backlash from his supporters and hard-line Republicans, Mr Trump has now dug his heels in over the issue and is insisting $5.7bn (£4.5bn) of funds must be included for him to sign it off.

"Mitch, use the nuclear option and get it done!" He has demanded $5.7 billion. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

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Technically, any vote requires 60 votes in the Senate under current rules.

GOP leaders - who didn't think they could get a majority of votes for the border wall - sweetened the bill by adding nearly $8 billion in disaster relief money, to help areas in the South hit by hurricanes, and places out West which have suffered from wildfires.

"What this does is push this ahead to a negotiation", said Sen. Bob Corker, one of the Republicans who forced the matter.

The $5 billion is in line with what the President has requested of Congress, but passage of the measure significantly raises the chances that the government will at least partially shut down at the end of the week.

Friday night, as he appeared to be leaving for the evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said "constructive talks are underway".

Law enforcement efforts, border patrols, mail delivery and airport operations will keep running.

"Ugh, are you ruining my life?" said Republican Senator Susan Collins when she was told by reporters of Mr Trump's vow to veto any budget deal missing funds for a US-Mexico border wall. House politicians were told to remain in town on call. Whether it results in anything close to the billions he had demanded for wall construction is unclear ― and may well be beside the point. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

In gridlocked Washington that turns out to be a tangible accomplishment. It will meet on Friday afternoon to vote again.

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"President Trump, you own the shutdown". "I will be the one to shut it down".

But with the hours dwindling before the midnight deadline, he sought to reframe the debate and blame Democrats for the impasse that threatens hundreds of thousands of federal workers at the end-of-the-year holidays.

"President Trump has thrown a temper tantrum and now has us careening towards a "Trump shutdown" over Christmas", Schumer said on the Senate floor.

Most NASA employees will be sent home, as will Commerce Department workers and many at the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture and State.

Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are funded for the year and would continue to operate as usual.

Democrats are staunchly opposed, and the absence of an elusive deal means federal funds for dozens of agencies will lapse at midnight.

"Who are these guys - Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter.they are telling the U.S. president what to do, they are lighting him up and he is burning the country down", railed opponents, finally losing their patience with Trump's unprecedented yo-yo act.

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