The federal government may shut down. Here's what it means to you

The federal government may shut down. Here's what it means to you

The shutdown comes exactly a year after Donald Trump took his oath as U.S. president.

Many hope the shutdown, which comes on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, will be short-lived.

Just a few hours earlier, the president had praised the Senate's Democrat leader Charles Schumer for an "excellent preliminary meeting" to avert the shutdown. Vice President Mike Pence left Friday night for a three-country trip to the Middle East, and will not be immediately available for negotiations to end the shutdown or to break a tie vote in the Senate.

Congress also failed to reach an agreement to a limit on how much Congress could spend on military and domestic programmes in order to keep the government open.

Democrats had insisted that any bill to renew government funding also contain permanent protections for approximately 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants who were brought illegally into the United States as children.

As NPR's Brian Naylor reported, if the shutdown continues, essential services will continue and essential workers would remain on the job, though unpaid. Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director asked. I am not only encouraging, but I am urging, all of my colleagues, both Republican and Democrat, to do the same. "And it's a situation where the Democrats need a ideal storm of circumstances to win-they need the white working-class voters who went for Trump to stay home".

It's utterly shameful that the other side of the aisle is using our children and men and women in uniform as political bargaining chips. "Shutdown coming?" he said. The American people see right through this bluster.

But spending bills have always been notoriously hard to pass.

Democrats say Trump and his Republicans keep moving the goal posts, with the president on Friday rejecting a budget and immigration deal that even included funding for his cherished wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, one of the chief planks of his presidential campaign.

US President Donald Trump marked the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with his government in shutdown, lashing out at Democrats over the collapse of budget negotiations as lawmakers seek to thrash out a deal.

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The deal included funding for Trump's border wall, said Schumer, in exchange for the codification of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. Five Republican senators also voted against the measure, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose vote was for procedural reasons.

But Mr Trump's inability to cut a deal despite having a Republican majority in both houses of Congress marks arguably the most debilitating setback for his crisis-plagued administration.

Democrats and Republicans both said they wanted a quick agreement. "[Trump] wasn't going to get in the middle of it", Cornyn said, according to the news outlet.

A test vote on a filibuster by Senate Democrats appeared likely before the shutdown deadline of Friday at midnight. But most Senate Democrats refused to support the bill, demanding support for young immigrants covered by DACA as well.

Further, at this time of unprecedented national security threats, Democrats are jeopardizing funding, training, new systems, and strategic upgrades to meet the rapidly changing landscape in North Asia, the Middle East, and in the global cyber sphere.

By Saturday, the sides were only further entrenched. He called the event "the Trump shutdown" whereas the Republicans labelled it "Schumer shutdown", CNN reported. Republicans are not willing to consider that, one source said. Then Trump called Schumer, and, after a positive conversation, invited him to a meeting at the White House. Incumbents are on the ballot in several Republican-heavy states, including North Dakota, Montana and Missouri.

The House Rules committee gathered Saturday morning to extend same-day voting authority through 29th and suspension authority through the 28th. California Republican Darrell Issa described the mood as "not good". "I think he's going to do really well", Trump told reporters during a tour of the facility, promising to return to campaign on his behalf and "fill" a stadium.

But Democrats and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pushed to include an immigration measure that would include a pathway to citizenship for roughly 700,000 immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program the Trump administration rescinded a year ago. "Let's stay focused. This is a Schumer shutdown".

The White House blamed Democrats for the shutdown.

Democrats believe that as Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House, they will carry the can.