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Get Ready for a Shutdown ‘For a Very Long Time’ Trump Warns

December 21, 2018 / Katherine McIntire Peters

What seemed unlikely a week ago appeared far more likely on Friday morning: a partial government shutdown that could last “for a very long time,” President Trump threatened in an early morning tweet. Trump was emboldened by the passage of a continuing resolution in the House Thursday evening that would provide $5 billion for the wall’s construction and keep unfunded agencies operating through Feb. 8. There is little chance the bill would get through the Senate, where 60 votes are required for passage. Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told senators to return to Washington and be prepared to vote around noon.