U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York failed to cut a deal with President Donald Trump during a private, closed-door meeting.
The government will shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday if Congress fails to pass a spending bill to fund the federal government.
While Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House, sixty votes are needed to pass any legislation in the Senate, where Republicans have only 51 votes.
“We had a long and detailed meeting,” Schumer said, according to the New York Times. “We discussed all of the major outstanding issues. We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussions will continue.”
The Republican-controlled House passed a funding bill last night, as President Trump noted in a tweet on Friday.
Government Funding Bill past last night in the House of Representatives. Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate – but they want illegal immigration and weak borders. Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2018