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US govt shuts down amid Trump's first anniversary

Saturday,20 Jan 2018 04:28 PM IST

Media Eye News Bureau: The US government began shutting down on Saturday at 12:01 am (local time), marked the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The shut down  began after lawmakers failed to agree a stop-gap spending deal, to meet a midnight deadline to renew funding.

Senators were still negotiating on the Senate floor as the clock turned midnight, but Mr. Trump's office issued a statement blaming opposition Democrats for the crisis

Senate rejected a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government running, marking a chaotic end to Donald Trump's first year as president

The shutdown began at 12:01 am (local time) after a few Republicans joined Democrats in blocking the crucial measure would have provided short-term funding for the Pentagon and other federal agencies

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blamed Senate democrats on Twitter for the "schumer shutdown" as Chuck Schumer, the top democrat in the state, is seen as the prime opponent to the stopgap budget.

" Tonight, they put politics over our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans," Sanders said.

" We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands.

"This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators", she added.

On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter: " Not looking good for our great military and safety and security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy".

The last shutdown was happened in 2013 during the Barrack Obama administration which lasted for 16 days when many federal employees were forced to take leave of absence.

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