Washington failed to find compromise Wednesday to end a 12-day partial government shutdown after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House — and a solution could be weeks away.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed one possible bipartisan compromise after the meeting, saying the Senate will not take up House Democrats’ package of spending bills to reopen the government through Feb. 8 because Trump will not sign it.
The Democratic package to end the shutdown would temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels — with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants for a wall on America’s border with Mexico.
“I don’t think any particular progress was made today,” McConnell told reporters — hinting that shutdown could last further into the future.
“It was a civil discussion, and we are hopeful that somehow, in the coming days and weeks, we will be able to reach an agreement,” he said.