Article by Bryan Howard
December 21, 2018
The Senate failed to pass the funding for a border wall falling 12 votes shy of the 60 votes needed. The House of Representatives were able to pass a $5.7 Billion funding for the border wall, but it seemed Democrats in the Senate were unwilling to support this bill. This means we will likely see a Government shutdown, unless a last minute deal is made.
The final count in the Senate vote was 48-47 with only one Democrat who voted in favor of the border wall, Democrat from Alabama Doug Jones. A few Senators never showed up to vote on the bill and decided to start the Christmas vacation early.
After the failed vote McConnell and Schumer got together to hatch out a new deal that would fund the wall for $1.6 Billion, but Republican House Freedom Caucus has already announced they will not support that bill.
The Senate has until midnight on Friday, roughly 5 hours remain in order to pass the bill, or face a government shutdown. It is unlikely Democrats in the Senate will be willing to give the full $5 Billion to fund the wall, while House Republicans are unlikely to sign any bill without the $5 Billion funding. President Trump announced he is prepared and ready for a long Government shutdown.