As a partial government shutdown looms, congressional Republicans are unclear on how the White House intends to avoid it. "If there is a plan ... I'm not aware of it," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Republicans that "we're waiting for" the White House. Republicans are "concerned" about this "lack of strategy," with one GOP senator saying of Trump's thinking, "I really don't know, and I don't think anyone does." Trump has demanded $5 billion in funding for his proposed border wall and has threatened to allow the government to partially shut down in order to get it. The deadline to agree on new funding is Dec. 21.

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