The New York Times headline summed things up well: Senate Democrats Kill Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight. Despite last minute 'compromise' meetings, and continued "hopes" from various sides, The Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to keep the government funded (even for a stopgap) and so, as of midnight, the government will shut down.
John Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican, said the two parties haven’t yet found an agreement that would provide short-term funding for the government with a little more than two hours before the deadline.
“No deal,” Cornyn said as the Senate prepared to take up a House-passed funding bill that Democrats have the votes to block.
A group of lawmakers has been working on a plan for a three-week funding bill that would give Democrats and Republicans time to negotiate a long-term compromise on immigration, the chief sticking point in the spending fight.
This is the 19th US government shutdown in the last 40 years:
CNN's Phil Mattingly explained on air: "Democrats aren't looking for a reduction in time in the continuing resolution, they're looking for substantive policy, commitments, changes or actual legislative text before they are willing to come on board with that."
President Trump tweeted before the vote:
Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. 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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
While the blame-scaping may have begun days ago, tonight has already seen a full court press of finger-pointing.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) blasted Congress on Friday as a government funding deadline approached, slamming the government as being “run by idiots.”
"Our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots," Kennedy told reporters hours before the government was set to enter a shutdown.