BREAKING: Government Begins SCHUMER SHUTDOWN as Dems Refuse to Continue Funding

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The federal government officially shut down at midnight EST after a last ditch effort to continue funding failed to garner enough Democrat votes.

This is a developing story.

The vote to keep the government funded failed to get the 60 vote threshold to stop a Democratic filibuster. Five Democrats voted to continue funding and negotiating, including Joe Donnelly, Doug Jones, Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin. Four Republicans, including Lindsay Graham, Jeff Flake, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, voted against the procedural vote.

Here is reporting from Fox News from earlier this evening, before midnight.

A shutdown of the U.S. government was looking closer to a certainty late Friday after a short-term spending bill failed to advance in the Senate.

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The bill to keep government running through mid-February failed after 10 p.m., after a vote to end debate did not garner the 60 votes needed for passage, the Washington Post reported.

The vote left little hope that an alternative deal would be reached before a midnight EST deadline arrived.

Earlier Friday, President Donald Trump seemed pessimistic that a deal could be reached in time.

“Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border,” the president tweeted. “Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy.”

Negotiations, however, were continuing through the evening, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., still working to pass a resolution to keep the government open, White House sources said.

Earlier in the day, demonstrators were seen protesting in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the Russell Senate Office Building. Democrats are refusing to back a short-term spending bill unless it includes protections for illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.

We will update this story as details develop.

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