Washington braces for a shutdown

Posted at 11:30 AM, Dec 18, 2018

Democrats and Republicans are showing no sign of compromise as a crucial deadline to avoid a government shutdown looms.

President Donald Trump is demanding $5 billion for a border wall; Democrats have offered about a third of that in border security and nothing for the wall.

Mr. Trump has said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government if the wall isn’t funded.

A partial shutdown would affect more than a dozen government agencies including the Department of Justice, the State Department, and Homeland Security, leaving 400,000 working without pay. Nearly that many more could see their checks delayed.