The Senate adjourned at 4:04 p.m., Senator Roberts presiding. Speaking as senator from Kansas, Senator Roberts secured consent for the Senate to reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday, December 31, when it will conduct a pro forma session only.
The Senate will then adjourn until 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, and will resume consideration of H.R. 695, the continuing resolution.
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The Senate will convene at 4 p.m. and will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed resolution to continue federal spending.
The above quoted material is from the Senate log for today.
The Senate met for 4 minutes today and adjourned for a pro forma session on December 31, then to January 2 for business. The deadline for the current legislation is 11:59:59 am on January 3, 2019, when the present Congress will expire and the new Congress begins. Any pending legislation dies at that time and must be started over from the beginning in the new Congress.
As a minimum, we will be in government shutdown until January 2, 2019 at the earliest.
“Rule No. 1 in negotiation is don’t negotiate against yourself,” Costello said. “The president had Nancy and Chuck in the Oval Office and he negotiated against himself, and now he’s in a corner, and I’m not sure how he backs himself out of that corner.”