Even Trump, who the White House declared the "deal-maker-in-chief" on Friday, couldn't break a Democratic blockade after a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
"This vote should be a no brainer", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Friday morning.
Instead, he made calls to Democrats to try to win Senate passage of a funding extension that had been pushed through the House of Representatives on Thursday by a vote of 230 to 197, White House officials said.
As of 12:20 p.m., The House has voted to remain in session, while a Senate vote to avert a government shutdown looms.
Republican senators are mulling a House-passed funding bill that would keep the federal government operating until February 16.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said he was ratcheting up the likelihood of a government shutdown from 30 per cent to a 50-50 possibility.
Now: "Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!"
During government shutdowns, employees in all three branches of government are vulnerable to furlough, or temporary unpaid leave.
Now: "The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security". Short might suggest. Republicans that we talked to, including Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, who is leading fresh negotiations, said he did not think it was possible to get a deal on immigration by the midnight deadline tonight or even over the weekend.
A government shutdown is when Congress doesn't approve a federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year and nonessential functions of the US government close until lawmakers can agree on a budget.
Trump says Democrats put immigrants ahead of military after shutdown
MARTIN: Democrats say that this is actually on Republicans. But Trump has given plenty of mixed signals and has made clear of late that any deal granting continued legal status or perhaps citizenship to Dreamers has to come at a price. McConnell and Ryan were aware that the White House was going to invite Schumer to the White House, one Republican source said. So the only thing that's holding us up in the Senate is that Mitch McConnell wants to sit back and wait for the president.
Fast forward to today and it's President Trump in the White House and Republicans in charge of both chambers of Congress. A spending package needs 60 Senate votes to pass, and the Republicans hold only 51 seats.
In August of 2017, Trump said he was willing to shut down the government in order to get his wall on the U.S. -Mexico border funded.
Whether the Senate can pass such a measure ahead of a Friday midnight deadline is a different issue altogether. "I think they are feeling a little nervousness because they've kind of gotten out over their skis".
Democrats are demanding that the stopgap bill include protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants but Republicans have so far refused.
It's unclear how a government shutdown would affect either party in this year's midterm elections in November.
The two New Yorkers met as a bitterly divided Washington is locked in a stalemate over federal spending and legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.
Negotiations with the White House on a bipartisan compromise on DACA blew up last week after Trump reportedly referred to African nations and Haiti as "s***hole countries". So Democrats are willing to force a shutdown, including the continued delay for almost 9 million kids on CHIP, to get a deal for 700,000 DACA recipients a couple of months earlier than necessary.
A government shutdown Saturday would fall on the one-year anniversary of Trump's inauguration. That position is a striking role-reversal for the conservative former congressman, who was one of the architects of the 2013 shutdown over the Affordable Care Act.
President Donald Trump shares a laugh with (clockwise from left) Ms.Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Secretary Tom Price, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Vice President Mike Pence on.