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Funding the border wall failed in the US Senate and the federal government shut down

Parts of the federal government shut down at midnight after Congress and the White House failed to reach a deal Friday night to avert the shuttering of several departments.

Funding for roughly a quarter of the federal government expired at midnight, including appropriations for the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, and other parts of the government. The House on Thursday passed legislation that included Trump's request for $5 billion for a border wall, but it was clear on Friday that that demand did not have the votes needed to pass in the Senate. "It's really the Democrat shutdown, because we've done our thing," Trump said. "But we are totally prepared for a very long shutdown and this our only chance that we’ll ever have in our opinion, because of the world and the way it breaks out, to get great border security," he added.

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The president wants the wall, „one way or the other.” Behind the scenes, negotiations were ongoing. But Democrats said they wouldn't support a bill with border wall money. “President Trump: you will not get your wall,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor. “Abandon your shutdown strategy. You're not getting the wall today, next week or on Jan. 3, when Democrats take control of the House.” Trump tweeted that he canceled plans to travel to Florida.

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