Federal Relations

December 21, 2018

How Long Will It Last?

With President Trump renewing his vow to shut down the government over wall funding, the question now, at least in the short term, seems to be, “How long will it last?”

Earlier this week, after the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government through February 8, it appeared that the President was backing away from his previous public proclamations that he welcomed a shutdown.  Since then, he had another change of heart, forcing the House, which is controlled by Republicans until January 3, to take up and pass a new CR that included $5 billion for a wall along the border.

With the clock counting down towards a shutdown at midnight Saturday morning ET, various parties are now in negotiations over how to proceed.  Congressional Democrats have reiterated that they have no interest in the $5 billion for the wall.

Regardless the result of the negotiations between two parties, the two chambers, and the different branches of government, the House is out of session until Noon ET tomorrow.  This means that we will in likelihood be dealing with at least a short-term partial shutdown of the government.  How long will it last?  Stay tuned.