Government shutdown seems unavoidable
The federal government is headed for a partial shutdown at midnight, after the House adjourned for the night and senators were told to go home. President Trump has demanded funding for his border wall, which Democrats say they won't give him.
Many government services would continue: Mail will be delivered and Social Security payments would be made. Many national parks will remain open. (See full list.)
But a shutdown creates a risk for hundreds of thousands of federal workers: More than 420,000 federal employees would have to go to work without pay, according to that report from the Senate Appropriations Committee. Those who work will get paid eventually, but depending how long the shutdown lasts, they could miss a paycheck.
Senate adjorns without a deal
Hours after the House ended its session, the Senate adjourned with a deal, meaning the partial shutdown will start at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Vice President Mike Pence, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and special adviser Jared Kushner were seen exiting the Capitol at 8:39 p.m.
CBS News' Ed O'Keefe reports that Washington is poised to endure a longer-than-comfortable stalemate -- not resolving until later next week at the earliest. There are no signs of a Christmas miracle arriving before Tuesday.
Melania and Barron arrive at Mar-a-Lago
While President Trump's travel plans are still undecided, first lady Melania Trump and 12-year-old Barron arrived at Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement that "it has long been the family's tradition to spend their Christmas holiday at Mar-a-Lago. Her plans to travel with her son to their Florida home for his winter break have not changed this year."
Mr. Trump had initially planned to leave Friday for a 16-day trip to Mar-a-Lago, but those plans were changed amid the threat of the governement shutdown. Now his depature is unclear.
Senators told they can leave the Capitol
CBS News' Nancy Cordes reports that senators have been told that they may leave Washington. If a deal is reached between the president and congressional leaders, the Senate would first try to pass it by voice vote or unanimous consent so everyone doesn't have to come back to the Capitol.
Here are the agencies affected
The following agencies will partly close down at midnight:
- Department of Homeland Security
- Justice Department
- State Department
- Interior Department
- Departure of Agriculture
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
House adjourns, teeing up shutdown
The House officially adjourned just before 7 p.m., teeing up a shutdown. The House will not return until noon Saturday.