Lawmakers negotiate as the clock ticks closer toward a midnight government shutdown

Lawmakers negotiate as the clock ticks closer toward a midnight government shutdown

Unless there is an eleventh hour legislative Hail Mary, the federal government is shutting down within the hour.The Senate is poised to reject the House-passed bill that would have funded the government through Feb. 16, and, despite some last minute momentum around a shorter, temporary fix, the federal government is now on the brink of a shutdown.It's been a night of frantic behind closed-doors negotiations, as lawmakers held out hope for a bipartisan solution.Senators were still discussing a...