A government shutdown is nearly guaranteed, and retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is not having any of it.
With a midnight Friday deadline looming, the House passed a government spending bill Thursday that would grant $5.7 billion for President Trump's border wall. With the clock ticking, senators then took hours to decide whether they'd even vote on it. Some Republicans split over whether to advance the continuing resolution to the floor, some weren't even in Washington, and still others — including Corker — remained undecided as talks dragged on.
Still, Corker wasn't completely indifferent to the last-minute scramble, telling reporters that "two talk-radio show hosts ... basically influenced the president" and put the government in "shutdown mode." Indeed, Trump was reportedly ready to sign a bill passed by the House and Senate that did not include money for the wall, but changed his mind after being harangued by conservative media figures.
Corker’s going off: “Do we succumb to tyranny of talk-radio show hosts? ... I mean, this is a juvenile place we find ourselves. The reason we’re here is that we have a couple talk-radio hosts that get the president spun up.”
The new bill has seemingly stalled at 43 senators in favor of advancing to a vote and 45 opposed, seeing as senators had left D.C. after being assured Trump would sign their previous short-term resolution without border wall funding. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said the government will "probably" shut down after this, per CNN. Trump, meanwhile, said he's prepared for a "very long" shutdown if a spending bill doesn't fund the wall. Kathryn Krawczyk