Portions of the federal government shut down at midnight Saturday, as lawmakers and the White House remained at an impasse over funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The shutdown itself was relatively anti-climactic since it was widely anticipated. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had adjourned before 9 p.m. on Friday, with the understanding they wouldn’t reach an agreement. That acknowledgement, it seemed, was the only thing on which they actually could agree.
The Republican-led House, Republican-led Senate and Republican-held White House remain locked in a standoff over funding for the border wall that President Donald Trump has demanded. The sticking point is Trump’s insistence on $5 billion for the wall. The President says he will reject any spending package that lacks it.