The dogfight over the partial shutdown of the federal government continued on Thursday, when the U.S. Senate rejected both a Republican plan and a Democratic proposal to end the deadlock.
With 60 votes needed to pass, the Republican bill which would have provided $5.7 billion for border security, including the wall sought by President Donald Trump, failed on a 50-47 vote.
The Democratic alternative did a little better, getting a 52-44 tally, which included several Republican defectors who crossed party lines. That plan offered money for border security but no money for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Thursday’s double deadlock came a day after the president announced that he would deliver the “State of the Union” address after the shutdown – now in its 34th day – was ended.
According to the Associated Press, leadership from both sides is seeking a way to end the impasse and end the shutdown, which affects 800,000 federal employees and the people they serve.
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