Partial shutdown likely to continue until after Christmas

8:35 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

A partial shutdown will happen at midnight

The US Capitol is seen ahead of a possible government shutdown, in Washington, DC, Dec. 21, 2018.
The US Capitol is seen ahead of a possible government shutdown, in Washington, DC, Dec. 21, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The government will partially shut down at midnight tonight.

This shutdown would be the first time in 40 years that the government has shuttered three times in a year.

With the House and Senate adjourned, there is no mechanism in place for a vote tonight, even if an 11th-hour deal is reached.

8:16 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

NOW: The Senate has adjourned for the night

The Senate has now adjourned for the night. They will return at noon tomorrow.

7:48 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have left Capitol Hill for the night

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (L) and Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (L) and Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have left the Capitol, apparently for the night.

As McConnell left, he said “constructive talks are underway.”

Asked if he would be coming back to participate in the talks, McConnell said:

“As I’ve said repeatedly, we need Democratic votes and presidential signature.” 
7:40 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

A government shutdown is virtually assured at midnight

 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

While negotiations continue to reach a deal, there is virtually no chance a vote will happen tonight — all but assuring there will be a government shutdown at midnight.

The House has adjourned, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said there will be no vote tonight in the Senate.

Barring any very unexpected change, the third government shutdown of the year will start in four and a half hours.

7:35 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

The House has adjourned for the night

The US House of Representatives adjourned for the night, just hours before the deadline to fund parts of the federal government ends.

Where things stand: Lawmakers and President Trump still have not yet reached a deal to stave off a shutdown.

Asked if he would bring a bill with $1.6 billion in border security funding to the House, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters: “I’m not bringing any bill to the floor that does not have the support of the President — and we got to make sure it protects the border and the same time as it funds government.”

7:14 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Trump points to Democrats in latest tweet from the Oval Office

President Trump just tweeted an image of himself in the Oval Office apparently signing a bill, pen in hand.

Trump noted that he canceled his trip to Florida because he's waiting "to see if the Democrats will help us to protect America’s Southern Border!"

Read his tweet:

What's happening on Capitol Hill: Negotiations will continue through the night, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told CNN.

Earlier this evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking from the floor, urged Democrats to work with the White House on an agreement.

7:01 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

GOP congressman says $1.6 billion is “not acceptable” for border security

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Republican Congressman Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said the original spending deal of $1.6 billion wouldn’t fly with him.

“1.6 (billion) in terms of where we were two weeks ago is not acceptable,” he said.

Earlier this week, Meadows said he also doesn’t think the White House should bend on $5 billion for wall money, saying it is “the compromise.”

7:17 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Cornyn: “There’s not going to be a vote tonight. You could take it to the bank.”

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn just said the negotiation will continue through the night.

But the Texas Republican added:

There’s not going to be a vote tonight. You could take it to the bank.”

What this means: There will be a partial government shutdown at midnight unless there’s an agreement by unanimous consent.

White House officials involved in the negotiations echoed this. Despite the possibility of a compromise being revived, they believe it's highly doubtful they will come to one in the next five hours. They hope negotiations will move quickly, and it will end sooner rather than later. 

6:27 p.m. ET, December 21, 2018

Sen. Bob Corker: "The goal is to get something done very quickly"

(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican Sen. Bob Corker warned that he didn’t know if a compromise would be reached tonight, but said some people are “optimistic that something happens tonight."

“I don’t know, but the goal is to get something done very quickly,” the Tennessee lawmaker said.

Corker said everyone is at the table now. 

“There are some people on the White House team who think this can be done in hours. There are others that think it takes 24. I think what Mitch (McConnell) is telling folks is you probably ought to stick around.”

Corker clarified, not necessarily for tonight, but just stay in town.