(Bloomberg) — A turbulent year is coming to a close in Washington with the 10th day of a partial federal government shutdown and no signs of progress toward a spending deal that President Donald Trump would be willing to sign.
Nancy Pelosi is set to reclaim the speaker’s gavel on Thursday, when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. Her first order of business is expected to be passing a bill to fund the federal departments that are closed, without providing extra resources for Trump’s border wall.
It’s unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will put the House bill on the Senate floor because he’s said that his chamber will only vote on a deal that all congressional leaders and the president support.
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say they won’t consider offers that Trump hasn’t endorsed, after he unexpectedly rejected a spending bill that passed the Senate unanimously before the Dec. 21 fiscal deadline. The impasse — and the collateral damage from a partially shuttered federal government — begins the new era of divided government in which Democrats must balance ambitions for a bipartisan agenda with oversight of a president they hope to unseat in 2020.
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