Shutdown under a unified government? Blame Trump

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters while touring

Clock running out for Congress to avert government shutdown

It's official. The federal government is in shutdown mode after the Senate failed to pass a republican bill late Friday night. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a new measure on funding the government for just a three-week period, which Short said was the only concession the White House is giving on the negotiation.

Republicans argue that the Democrats are holding the government hostage over demands to protect 700,000 "dreamer" immigrants brought to the country as children and now living in the USA illegally.

The morning after the Senate was unable to agree on a spending bill that would keep the government open, leading to a partial shutdown, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley appeared on President Donald Trump's favorite program to provide the White House's take on the situation.

The 2013 shutdown, which lasted 16 days is estimated to have cost the USA £2bn (£1.4bn) in lost productivity. And if you're going to separate the GOP leader from the rest of the party, why not have a separate poll on "Schumer and the Democrats"?

Democrats have insisted they would back legislation reopening the government once there is a bipartisan agreement to preserve protections against deporting about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children.

Huddled negotiations by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in the last minutes before midnight were unsuccessful, and the U.S. government technically ran out of money at midnight. "There is no one who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in more than President Trump".

Trump blamed the Democrats in a pre-vote tweet, saying it was "not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very risky Southern Border", a reference to his much-vaunted proposal for a border wall with Mexico.

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White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the failed vote that "there's a really good chance it gets fixed" before government offices open again on Monday. The one-day shutdown cost the government about $700,000. This legislation would likely be dead on arrival in the Senate, where Democrats have said they have enough votes to block the legislation.

The most recent shutdown occurred in 2013 amid a bipartisan dispute over healthcare legislation.

Consequently, the final vote in the Senate as at midnight ended 50 to 49, for and against respectively, short of the required 60 votes in order to break a filibuster, while Sen.

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".

The stand-off also forced President Trump to cancel his planned departure on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago on Friday afternoon.

But both sides may now be even less willing to make concessions because a political defeat on the issue could be costly, especially with the control of Congress up for grabs at midterm elections later this year.

Republicans were asking for a four-week stopgap funding measure to keep the government running.

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