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White House, lawmakers still working to avoid government shutdown

While U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he is convinced that the government will not shut down over Christmas, he is still working with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to fashion a bill that President Donald Trump will sign.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Dec. 18 that the administration is "disappointed" that the Senate has not yet voted on a funding measure, adding, "when they do that, we'll make a determination on whether or not we're going to sign that."

McConnell said he is "in consultation with the White House about the way forward."

"I'm discussing with the White House were we go next," McConnell said. "Once I get an answer to that, I'll talk to Sen. Schumer again and see what we can do."

Following a series of Senate news conferences, Trump told White House reporters that "it's too early to say" whether a shutdown will happen. Trump said last week that he was willing to let government funding expire if a sufficient amount of funding is not allocated for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.