February 21, 2018

USA government shutdown underway as Senate fails to agree on bill

20 January 2018, 06:18 | Christie Tate

Trump says Democrats put immigrants ahead of military after shutdown

Congress Likely Racing Toward a Government Shutdown

What that means is that certain, nonessential functions of the government will be curtailed or stopped altogether until Congress passes a federal budget bill for the 2018 fiscal year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also attacked the idea during a speech on the Senate floor earlier Friday, saying Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is betraying his own demands by asking for an even shorter solution. "The ball is in Sen".

Mr Trump, who had made strict measures on immigration a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, rejected a bipartisan proposal last week during the now-infamous "s***hole countries" meeting.

A new Washington Post/ABC poll found that 48 percent of Americans blame Trump and the Republicans for a potential shutdown, and only 28 percent hold Democrats responsible.

"They're in charge", Schumer said yesterday as he entered his Capitol office.

He invited Chuck Schumer, a fellow New Yorker, to the White House for last-ditch talks but they failed to find sufficient common ground. They're totally paralysed and inept. "There's no one to negotiate with". Democrats wanted to force through protections from deportation for 700,000 "dreamers" who had previously been covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme. "This is the behaviour of obstructionist losers, not legislators", Sanders said in a statement.

Trump is not the only one who will get blamed for a shutdown.

Trump had been looking forward to the occasion, people who spoke with him on Friday said, who described him as upset at the prospect of canceling the entire Florida weekend. "It would be a real black mark for the administration if we were in a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of the inauguration".

Republican senators failed to capture the 60 votes they needed to even vote on the bill that would have funded the government for 30 days.

House Democrats gathered for lunch from We The Pizza on Friday to discuss strategy, bursting into spontaneous bouts of applause and cheers at time.

Earlier, Trump held a last-minute meeting with Schumer to avert a government shutdown due to lack of funds.

U.S. government in shutdown as midnight deadline passes
They have this short-term spending bill available that they could be voting on, but they haven't done it yet. ET, though those Democrats said it was possible a shorter-term deal could be cut before the 10 p.m. vote.

The House recessed on Friday for a week-long break, but members were warned they could be called back for votes.

McConnell asked: "What has their filibuster accomplished?"

The short-term spending bill was passed by the House on Thursday. "But we still need Congress to appropriate the funds", he said.

"What we have just witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision to shove aside millions of Americans for the sake of irresponsible political gains", the GOP leader said.

But the fact is, during the shutdown of 2013, the consensus of all serious, right-thinking people was that Republicans, who took basically the same position, were unfit to govern.

House GOP leaders sweetened the pending stopgap measure with legislation to extend for six years a popular health care program for children from low-income families and two-year delays in unpopular "Obamacare" taxes on medical devices and generous employer-provided health plans. But an actual shutdown has not happened since 2013, when Democratic President Barack Obama faced off with GOP lawmakers. At the time, Trump told Fox & Friends that the ultimate blame for a shutdown lies at the top. Swift says many national parks and wildlife refuges nationwide will also be open with limited access when possible.

Mr Trump wants funding for tough new border controls, including his proposed US-Mexico wall.

Congress has been struggling for months to agree on long-term government funding levels but has been sidetracked by a dispute on immigration.

It is unlikely to have a major impact over the weekend. Ongoing military operations and other activities deemed essential will continue.

Social Security and most other safety net programs are unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority.

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