USA shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

USA shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

After spending years blasting congressional Republicans as obstructionists who would rather shut down the government over their pet issue than work with the president on broad legislation, Democrats chose to use what little congressional power they now have to.shut down the government over their pet issue rather than work with the president on broad legislation.

But most federal workers will not be paid. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, decried the president's slippery negotiating tactics: "What will it take to get Trump to say 'yes?'"

Congress overnight failed to reach an agreement on a temporary spending bill to keep the federal government from running out of money. Only the essential services would be open.

The last United States shutdown lasted for 16 days in October 2013, with around 800,000 workers granted leave. "Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!"

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

After midnight, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on the Senate floor blamed Democrats for "the shoe-horning of illegal immigration into this debate".

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Just hours before the scheduled voting, US President Donald Trump had reportedly supported the House's proposal on Thursday night to continue government funding through mid-February.

The White House's press secretary Sarah Sanders meanwhile, said Senate Democrats had "put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans".

Given that unwillingness to stick to a deal, Democrat came up with a shutdown name of their own - which also became the top trending phrase on Twitter worldwide - the Trump Shutdown.

Trump had tweeted: "A government shutdown will be devastating to our military. something the Dems care very little about!"

Earlier in the night President Trump tweeted that the Democrats were trying to interfere with the success of his tax cuts. "When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders, we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform".

"They don't oppose anything in the bill, but they're opposing the bill", Mulvaney said. Trump rescinded an executive order allowing them to stay in the country and gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation.