Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked an attempt by Democrats to force a vote on legislation to reopen the federal government on January 10, 2019. Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bills were uncontroversial.
In a prime-time address from the Oval Office, President Trump made the case for border wall funding on Jan. 8. He said the only solution for the government shutdown to end “is for democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders.”
Kentucky Republican Rep. Robert Goforth of Laurel County announced Jan. 8, 2019, he will run for governor, setting up a possible contested primary with Gov. Matt Bevin, who has said he will run but has not filed.