USA in shutdown as work week starts

USA in shutdown as work week starts

The bill passed with a resounding "yes" from Democrats on the plan. Most of the endangered Democrats who are up for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won all voted to advance the measure, except for Montana Sen.

Government operations began ramping down on the one-year anniversary of Trump's presidency. Under this unified control, it was the Republican job to govern, it was their job to lead ... they have failed.

Lawmakers stayed in Washington to try and come up with a solution but they spent much of the Saturday huddled in party-line meetings, emerging only to point fingers at the other party. The White House and GOP leaders said they would not negotiate with Democrats on immigration until the government is reopened.

"You have to ask the Senate Democrats".

Some government functions shut down over the weekend. Damage could build quickly if the closure is prolonged. Forty-eight percent of voters said Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress are to blame for the shutdown, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted over the weekend. In a series of tweets hours after the shutdown began, the president tried to make the case for Americans to elect more Republicans to Congress in November "in order to power through this mess".

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney is defending himself from charges of hypocrisy in his attacks on Democrats over the government shutdown, given his own role at the center of the last fiscal clash in 2013.

However, the Democrats conditioned their support for the funding bill, on that Trump and the Republicans agree to regularise almost 800,000 undocumented youth known as "dreamers".

Having promised a vote on DACA, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should keep his word. "We can not open the government without Senate Democrats" support". Social Security and most other safety-net programs were unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority.

Essential federal services and the military were operational Monday, but even active-duty troops will not be paid until a deal is formally sealed.

Republicans now hold 51 seats in the Senate, and the nuclear option would allow them to pass the bill without needing a single Democratic vote.

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"Most Democrats refuse to support the bill because it does not do anything to protect the "Dreamers" - 800,000 people brought to the United States illegally as children, who face deportation after Mr Trump cancelled a programme to shield them", reports the Financial Times.

Trump did not speak with any Democratic senators over the weekend.

Democrats are facing intense pressure from their base to solve the issue over the young immigrants, commonly referred to as "Dreamers", and they are skeptical of Republicans' credibility when offering to take up the issue.

"Shutting down the government and depriving American citizens of services because you want amnesty for illegal immigrants is a massive political blunder", said Cotton.

"The President needs to pull up a chair and end this shutdown", he said.

Earlier on Friday (Saturday NZT), Trump had brought Schumer to the White House in hopes of cutting a deal on a short-term spending agreement. In return, McConnell agreed to resume negotiations over the future of the dreamers, border security, military spending and other budget debates. But the talks fell apart nearly as abruptly as they started.

The shutdown is expected to take full effect Monday, when thousands of employees - deemed non-essential and now on furlough - don't show up to work. Earlier this week, he tweeted opposition to the four-week plan, forcing the White House to later affirm his support.

Schumer said he was close to a deal with his fellow New Yorker on Friday, in which he'd back approving financing for a massive border wall in exchange for a vote on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) was hanging around the Senate on Sunday night, intercepting McConnell and talking with reporters.

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Calling it the "Trump Shutdown", the minority leader lambasted the President over not doing enough to strike a compromise. Barring some breakthrough on Monday morning, the three-week continuing resolution will still fail and senators will be back to the drawing board. That position is a striking role reversal for the conservative former congressman who was one of the architects of the 2013 shutdown.

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