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U.S. government shutdown begins

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Staff Writer | January 20, 2018
government shutdown begins
America   Republican Party controls the White House, the Senate, the House

The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a last-minute deal to fund its operations.

A late Friday evening Senate vote on a House funding bill failed to garner 60 votes needed.

Until a funding deal is worked out, scores of federal agencies across the country will be unable to operate, and hundreds of thousands of “non-essential” federal workers will be put on temporary unpaid leave.

But the vote was held open for more than two hours, as senators of both parties were huddled in unusual feverish talks to try to strike a deal, before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally called for the vote to be read. It was 50 to 49.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded, “Every American knows the Republican Party controls the White House, the Senate, the House. It’s their job to keep the government open. It’s their job to work with us on a way to move things forward.”

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