US government enters shutdown as senate fails to approve funding

US government enters shutdown as senate fails to approve funding

Republicans and McConnell had been angling for a four-week continuing resolution, that included extending the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years in an effort to entice Democrats to vote for the insurance program they want to fund.

In response, the White House accused Democrats of holding "lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands".

Much of the USA government ground to a halt this morning after President Trump failed to reach a deal with Democrats in the Senate to pass a new spending bill. Democrats had argued for an extension of just four or five days to force both sides into serious negotiations on the immigration issue.

Democrats in the Senate had served notice they would filibuster the government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening.

But Schumer must also protect red-state Democrats facing tough re-election fights in states Trump won past year who fear being branded by Republicans as pro-amnesty.

A shutdown likely means that most federal agencies will close and hundreds of thousands of government workers will be furloughed unless Congress can pass a funding bill this weekend.

The U.S. government officially entered a partial shutdown early January 20 as Senate leaders struggled to reach a deal to at least temporarily resume funding for federal operations before Americans awoke to a political breakdown. Only the essential services such as national security, post, air traffic control, disaster assistance, taxation, medical services and few others will run until a fresh decision is reached.

"Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very risky Southern Border". "In another month, we'll be right back here, at this moment, with the same web of problems at our feet, in no better position to solve them".

"We had a long and detailed meeting, we discussed all of the major outstanding issues".

Democrats, however, appeared determined to block the measure, insisting on a deal that would protect from deportation so-called "Dreamers" - the 700,000 immigrants who entered the country illegally as children. The program is set to expire in March.

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The Government has been operating on a third temporary funding measure since the new fiscal year began in October. They were seeking an even shorter extension that they think would keep the pressure on the White House to cut a deal to protect the "dreamers.".

But Democrats say they want this programme extended permanently.

"We're going to manage the shutdown differently".

What could be the political fallout?

Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House, so how could Trump not get some of the blame for a shutdown?

Donald Trump blamed Democrats for the shutdown which comes exactly a year after he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California ) told CNN that "shutting down the government is a very serious thing". I've seen a number of reporters attempting to lay the blame equally on all parties involved, since it's virtually impossible to logically hold the GOP culpable this time (though I'm sure we'll see plenty of insincerity about "obstructionism" from Republicans).

Democrats hope to make it instead about the president and Republicans' ability to govern. But 90 (mostly friendly) minutes of hashing out options on immigration plans couldn't get Trump - or his sole aide in the room, chief of staff John Kelly - onto the same page with Democrats.

What happens in a shutdown?

The only one who has ever rooted for a shutdown is @realDonaldTrump who said our country could use "a good shutdown" - only he could come up with that. Republicans were saddled with the blame, but most Americans suffered relatively minor inconveniences like closed parks and delays in processing passport applications.

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