Federal government shuts down after Senate talks fail

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Huddled negotiations by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in the last minutes before midnight were unsuccessful, and the USA government technically ran out of money at midnight. We discussed all of the major outstanding issues, we made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements. Trump reportedly called the New York Democrat and invited him personally.

There was more to follow, with Trump pouting, "This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present".

"He's not leaving until this is finished", White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

A key vote on a short-term government funding bill failed in the Senate.

"Shutdown coming?" he tweeted to begin the day Friday.

Most Democrats in both houses are not willing to vote on Republican legislation that includes none of their priorities. But most Senate Democrats refused to support the bill, demanding support for young immigrants covered by DACA as well.

The vote needed the house of 100 to vote 60 in favour, but it was blocked, with 45 democrats and 5 republicans voting against it.

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.

Their legal status, which these young people were granted by former USA president Barack Obama, expires on March 5, the date from which their deportations could begin.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney speaks during a press briefing at the White House Saturday Jan. 20 2018 in Washingto
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney speaks during a press briefing at the White House Saturday Jan. 20 2018 in Washingto

"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown", Sanders said in a statement.

As almost all Democrats and some Republicans opposed the measure, the government shut down at midnight.

The survey showed 31 per cent of those who took part blamed the opposition party for the shutdown while 21 per cent blamed Trump and and 26 per cent blamed Republicans in Congress, a combined total of 46 per cent for the government. The last time that a government shutdown happened was in 2013. Critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. Some agencies would shut altogether.

In the event of a shutdown, the Interior Department plans to keep national parks and other public lands accessible.

Wall Street seemed unconcerned so far, with the S&P and Nasdaq closing at new records.

He had been scheduled to leave on Friday afternoon.

Tweeting on Friday morning, Trump said: "Government Funding Bill past [sic] last night in the House of Representatives".

McConnell claimed Schumer is "holding the entire country" hostage over a DACA bill that hasn't been written yet, casting those who vote against the House's continuing resolution as unpatriotic.

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