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Zach Israel

Zach Israel
Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday, December 22, 2018, the federal government partially shut down after Republicans and Democrats in Congress could not agree on a stopgap funding measure that included enough money for President Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall to garner his signature. The partial shutdown-affecting the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State, Transportation, and Treasury-is set to continue for at least several more days until an agreement can be reached between President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The departments whose funding lapsed represent about a quarter of the $1.24 trillion in government discretionary spending for FY 2019.An estimated 400,000 federal employees are working without pay and 350,000 are furloughed. If the shutdown standoff continues, all workers in the departments and agencies affected by the closing will miss their next paycheck on January 11. Read more.

The new 116th Congress convenes at noon on Thursday with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives (235 out of 435 seats) and Republicans maintaining control of the Senate (53 out of 100 seats). The new Congress begins with a parliamentary ceremony where lawmakers swear their oath of office and ratify rules changes for the 116th Congress. Following her expected election as Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will preside over the opening of a new Congress and administer the oath of office - en masse - to all new and returning House members. In the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence will swear in newly elected senators.

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