by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/21/18, 02:43 pm
WASHINGTON—UPDATE: The Senate was voting Friday on whether to consider the House spending bill that designates $5.7 billion for a border wall. The motion required a simple majority to pass, but Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., voted no, giving Republicans a maximum of 50 votes, though Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie. The vote, which stood at 43 in favor, 45 opposed by midafternoon, was being held open for several senators who had already left town and were trying to return. If it fails, it makes a partial government shutdown almost certain.