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Sen. Bob Corker has expressed a level of optimism that Senate leadership can reach a deal to avoid the government shutdown prior to tonight’s midnight eastern time deadline.

According to The Hill, the two sides are down to a difference of only days in how long they would want the government to be funded for, and both would fund the government past Trump’s state of the union speech.

UPDATE: Senators remain on the floor, gathered in groups negotiating the possibility of avoiding a government shutdown.

UPDATE: As the clock has struck midnight on the east coast, the government has shut down. Senators remain on the floor negotiating a deal to reopen the government.

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