US Gov't now in partial shutdown


While Trump made the promise of building a border wall a fixture of his 2016 election campaign, it is not a top-tier priority for most Americans. After that, the House passed a new continuing resolution that contained $5.7 billion in border wall money, as well as several billion dollars in disaster relief funds late Thursday.

The Senate was expected to reject the House measure because Democratic votes are needed and McConnell showed little interest in changing the rules - as Trump proposed - to allow a simple majority for passage.

The Senate opened its session at about noon local time, with stark warnings from both Republicans and Democrats.

Roughly 25 percent of the federal government - and agencies including the State Department, IRS, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security - shut down at midnight after Trump said he wouldn't sign a funding bill that didn't include $5 billion in funds for the construction of a wall. An effort to raise $ 1 billion for the wall by pro-wall activists led by a military veteran (which had attracted $ 14 million by Saturday morning a week after launch) invited a derisive counter from anti-wall "Ladders to get over Trump's wall" protestors, who drew $ 118,000 in two days.

In a joint statement released overnight, both lawmakers pointed their fingers at the commander in chief for what they dubbed "the Trump Government Shutdown".

But with the hours dwindling before the midnight deadline, Trump sought to reframe the debate and blame Democrats for the impasse that threatens hundreds of thousands of federal workers on the eve of the end-of-the-year holidays.

More than 800,000 government employees were affected by the shutdown, according to a projection released on December 12 by Senate Appropriations Committee staff.

Netizens were closely following Trump's tweets on a probable shutdown, and after the Senate ultimately failed to arrive at a compromise over a House-approved bill, prompting a closure, internet users, including journalists and political pundits, took to Twitter to have their say.

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Trump has openly savoured a shutdown over the wall for months, saying last week he would be "proud" to have one and saying on Friday he was "totally prepared for a very long" closure.

"President Trump has thrown a temper tantrum and now has us careening toward a "Trump shutdown" over Christmas", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor on Friday.

He called on Democrats to work alongside him and expressed hope the shutdown will not last long. "The shutdown hopefully will not last long". "I'll be the one to shut it down". "If enough Dems don't vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown!" he tweeted.

"We had a reasonable path and there was every indication from the president that he would sign it", Alexander said.

The US House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned without a deal on spending, and senators were told there would be no more votes on Friday night. The Senate passed legislation ensuring workers will receive back pay, which the House seems sure to approve.

About 80 per cent of National Park Service employees will stay home and many parks are expected to close. An additional 380,000 will be furloughed, meaning they will stay home without pay.

Most of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be sent on unpaid leave, including those who assist taxpayers with queries. Let's work together. Let's be bipartisan and let's get it done. The US Postal Service, which is busy in the holiday season, will not be affected because it is an independent agency.