USA government shuts down after Senate fails to agree budget

Government shutdown: What would close; would you get your Social Security check; what would happen to SNAP, WIC

Government shutdown: What would close; would you get your Social Security check; what would happen to SNAP, WIC

More than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed during the last USA government shutdown which lasted more than two weeks in 2013.

Republicans only control 51 seats so Democratic votes were needed for the bill to pass.

In the Oval Office, munching on the burgers presumably prepared by the White House kitchen, the two men seemed at first to have come to an agreement on a temporary spending bill to continue funding the government. Republicans allege Democrats are holding government funding hostage over immigration, stressing Democrats have no objection to any other aspects of the bill.

In anticipation of an imminent government shutdown, Trump cancelled his planned trip to Mar-a-Lago, his Florida mansion, where he meant to celebrate his first anniversary at the White House on Saturday.

It was unclear which way the vote would go as the midnight deadline approached, with Republicans and Democrats split on key issues.

While there was no official response from the president, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders branded senate Democrats as "obstructionist losers, not legislators" in a statement released minutes before the shutdown came into effect.

"When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform". McConnell and Schumer insisted they were still committed to finding an agreement that restores government funding as soon as possible.

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"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown", the statement began.

Mr Schumer also called on the president and leaders of both parties to resume negotiations today. A last-ditch effort to squeeze the spending bill through Congress was blocked after the Senate voted 50-49 for limiting the debate, which fell 10 votes short of the goal.

Without some type of funding bill, the United States government technically ran out of money at midnight on Friday (5am Saturday UK time).

"Our administration worked in good faith to put a bipartisan deal on the table that would strengthen our borders, end chain migration, eliminate the visa lottery, and deal compassionately with DACA", Pence said.

Schumer dashed to the White House earlier in the day at the invitation of Trump.

McConnell echoed the White House sentiment, referring to the shutdown as a "cynical decision by Senate Democrats to shove aside millions of Americans for the sake of irresponsible political games".

The bill, which includes a six-year extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program and delays a number of Obamacare taxes, would have provided funding at current levels through February 16.

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