December 22, 2018 11:01 am
Updated: December 22, 2018 5:26 pm

U.S. House, Senate schedule Saturday sessions amid efforts to end partial gov’t shutdown

WATCH: Trump hopes partial shutdown of U.S. government will not last long

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Negotiations are expected to continue in Washington to try to end the partial government shutdown, and the House and Senate have scheduled rare Saturday sessions.

White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney sent agency heads a memorandum telling them to “execute plans for an orderly shutdown.” He says Trump administration officials are hopeful the shutdown “will be of short duration.”

WATCH: Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blames President Donald Trump for the partial government shutdown

READ MORE: U.S. government shuts down partially amid a fight over funding Trump’s border wall

Congressional Democrats are refusing to give in to President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start building the U.S.-Mexico border wall he’s long promised.

WATCH:Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that a deal to reopen government would require Democratic support for passage and the president’s signature. “That’s what’s needed.”

The gridlock blocks money for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice.

The lack of funds will disrupt many government operations and the routines of 800,000 federal employees.

WATCH: U.S. government to shut down in fight over Trump’s wall

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