The Latest: Partial government shutdown begins amid border wall fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts to avoid a government shutdown (all times local):
The government has partially shut down after President Donald Trump was unable to agree with Democratic and Republican lawmakers on spending for his border wall.
Government operations will be disrupted during the shutdown and hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed or forced to work without pay just days before Christmas.
The shutdown comes after Vice President Mike Pence, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and senior adviser Jared Kushner spent much of Friday on Capitol Hill trying to break the standoff.
Trump tried to pin the blame on Democrats for the impasse, even though just last week he said he would be "proud" to shut part of the government in a fight for the wall, which was a major promise of his presidential campaign.
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney is instructing agencies "to execute plans for an orderly shutdown" when government funding lapses at midnight.
The partial government shutdown is expected after President Donald Trump wasn't able to agree with Democrats and Republicans in Congress over funding for his border wall with Mexico. Despite negotiations over the last 48 hours, they remain at an impasse.
Mulvaney says in a memo for government executives that "we are hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration" but that employees should report to work when scheduled to "undertake orderly shutdown activities."
Nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies will temporarily lose funding, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.
With a government shutdown just hours away, President Donald Trump is appealing to Democrats via video message -- and blaming them for a standoff over money for his border wall.
Trump says in a Twitter video late Friday that "we're going to have a shutdown" and "there's nothing we can do about that because we need the Democrats to give us their votes."
The message comes after Trump said he wouldn't sign legislation Republicans had written because it didn't include enough money for a wall on the border with Mexico. Republicans cede the House majority in January.
Trump says to "call it a Democratic shutdown, call it whatever you want" while also saying lawmakers need to work on a bipartisan basis.
He adds, "Hopefully the shutdown will not last long."
The Senate has adjourned without a deal on spending, an hour after the House ended its session, guaranteeing a partial government shutdown will begin at midnight Friday.
Senators expect to return at noon Saturday as talks continue.
Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials were on Capitol Hill late Friday trying to broker a compromise as President Donald Trump pushes for $5 billion in border wall funding, a proposal Democrats staunchly oppose.
Without a deal, funding for about 25 percent of the government expires at midnight.
Nine Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, will be affected by the shutdown
The House has adjourned without a deal on spending, virtually guaranteeing a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday.
Senators are also being told there will be no further votes Friday as talks continue.
President Donald Trump's team was on Capitol Hill late Friday trying to broker a compromise as he pushes for billions of dollars in border wall funding.
Without a deal, funding for parts of the government will expire at midnight.