PressTV-US govt. shutdown to extend through Christmas

The US Senate has adjourned until Monday without taking action to end the partial government shutdown, ensuring that the shutdown stretches through Christmas.

“The Senate will next meet for a pro forma session on Monday, that’s the 24th. The next scheduled session day will be on the 27th of December,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Saturday.

The Senate does not usually conduct legislative business during the pro forma sessions, which last only few seconds. So that will drag the partial shutdown into Thursday.

“As I said earlier, I am glad that productive discussions are continuing. When those negotiations produce a solution that is acceptable to all parties—which means 60 votes in the Senate, a majority in the House, and a presidential signature—at that point, we will take it up here on the Senate floor,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.

“Senators will be notified when a vote is scheduled. In the meantime,…

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