Update2: The Senate has voted to proceed with debate on the House-passed spending bill after Vice President Mike Pence broke a 47-47 tie.
VP breaks 47-47 tie on measure to move forward on border wall funding bill. pic.twitter.com/yOWAdYsiXm
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 21, 2018
Outgoing Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – who contributed to the Kavanaugh confirmation spectacle – said “there is no path forward for the House bill.”
“there is no path forward for the House bill” – Flake
— Justin Gray (@grayjustin) December 21, 2018
Update: The House has voted to meet tomorrow at Noon, 12 hours into the potential government shutdown.
187-184: House votes to meet tomorrow/Saturday at 12 Noon, 12 hours after potential gov’t shutdown. pic.twitter.com/kRaiTzFWy1
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) December 21, 2018
McConnell, meanwhile, said that the Senate voted to proceed “in order to maintain maximum flexibility” to cut a later funding deal. That said, there is no agreement on funding, which CNN’s Manu Raju suggests means there is no chance Trump gets his $5 billion in wall funding.
McConnell: Senate voted to proceed “in order to maintain maximum flexibility” to cut a deal on funding at a later time. That’s why the Senate voted to take up the House-passed bill. But there is NO agreement on funding. $5B in wall funding has no chance of passage
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 21, 2018
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) said Friday that Senate leaders have an “agreement” in place for a House-passed stopgap measure to avert a government shutdown which includes funding for President Trump’s border wall.
Emerging from a meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office, Corker said that Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and McConnell are expected to enter into an agreement on the Senate floor, according to The Hill.
“This is will be an agreement between McConnell and Schumer about what next happens on the Senate floor. You’ll see them to enter into a little discussion,” said Corker. “It charts the course forward that gives us the best chance of actually coming to a solution.”
Corker suggested that a government shutdown may be averted – citing meetings with White House officials.
“Some of the folks at the White House seem to be optimistic,” he said, adding that President Trump “is very aware of what’s happening.”
The potential breakthrough comes after Schumer met with Vice President Pence, incoming White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House advisor Jared Kushner on Friday afternoon.
The negotiations later moved over to the House, with Pence, Mulvaney and Kushner huddling in Speaker Paul Ryan‘s ceremonial office with Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.).
Corker warned that the danger of a partial government shutdown is not completely gone. –The Hill
“It’s just how we’re going to proceed in a manner that we think is best,” said Corker. “The first discussion is not substance, it’s process.”
Meanwhile, looks like Trump may go medieval on illegal border crossers…
A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful! pic.twitter.com/sGltXh0cu9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018