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U.S. government shutdown looms as lawmakers seek last-minute compromise

Firstpost Saturday, 22 December 2018
By Ginger Gibson, Richard Cowan and Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial U.S. government shutdown loomed at midnight on Friday as President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in the Senate failed to secure the votes needed for a bill with $5 billion he has demanded for a border wall fiercely opposed by Democrats. Trump said the impending shutdown of key parts of the federal government could last "a very long time," and he sought to blame Democrats.
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