United States government shuts down as Senate talks fail over immigration impasse

Steve Phelps
January 21, 2018

But during those shutdowns, no government employees were sent home without pay, known as being on furlough.

President Donald Trump in a tweet yesterday acknowledged that Democratic votes are needed to keep the government funded but said that their demand for a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, meant they favored illegal immigration to the United States.

In the Senate, however, the narrow 51-seat Republican majority makes pushing the measure through that chamber without some bipartisan support a seemingly impossible task.

According to a report in The Guardian, federal law requires agencies to shut down if Congress has not appropriated money to fund them. In a tweet, he suggested that the Democrats were trying to arrest the progress the American economy and compromising on national security.

It is the first time since 2013 that the U.S. Government has shut down, although there have been several close-calls already in the first year of Trump's presidency.

Senior administration officials said earlier that more than one million USA military personnel would continue to serve without pay.

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During remarks to reporters, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the federal government is preparing for a government shutdown.

McConnell also referenced that the bill includes six years of funding for a health insurance program for children from low-income families.

"We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands", said Sanders.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at the vote and said the shutdown was the result of a "cynical decision by the Democrats".

Negotiations continued on Capitol Hill Saturday, as both the House and Senate returned to look towards an end to the shutdown after it went into effect at midnight.

Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the failure of budget talks that have forced the USA government to shut down. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people. Trump rescinded an executive order allowing them to stay in the country and gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation. Lawmakers are struggling to reach a deal on immigration and spending levels.

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