Amid Trump shutdown threat, Congress tries to wrap up work for 2018

As President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to force a partial government shutdown before Christmas if he doesn't get $5 billion for a wall along the Mexican border, Congressional leaders were trying to clear the decks in the House and Senate for a final surge of legislative work in the 115th Congress, in hopes of getting lawmakers out of town before the holidays.

"With maximum cooperation, magic things happen at Christmas," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as he threatened to keep the Senate in session between Christmas and New Year's in order to finish work for the year.

Hanging over the schedule was the President's threat to force a showdown over government funding, unless he wins more money for border security.

"I don't think the President's bluffing," said Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) to a group of reporters just off the Senate floor. "I think he's a serious as four heart attacks and a stroke."

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