Washington is preparing for a lengthy partial shutdown as a deal to fully reopen the government remains elusive. The Senate isn’t expected to formally reconvene until Thursday and House lawmakers were told not to expect votes before then, raising the prospects that the partial closure could last for up to a week or longer. While congressional leadership and the Trump administration are locked in negotiations about border funding—the major snag for the spending talks—there are no signs the White House and congressional Democrats are close to agreeing on a number that could pass both chambers and garner the president’s signature.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.