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The government of the United States has started a shutdown after a failure to meet a midnight deadline on Friday regarding an agreement on a new budget.
Even last minute meetings could not help the stalemate, so the bill to finance the government until the 16th of February was not able to meet the necessary 60 votes, with Democrats and Republicans divided on critical issues.
In the end, only 50 votes were secured, with five Democrats voting for the said bill and five Republicans voting against it.
In this case, the shutdown is more unusual as the same party as the Republicans – controls both the White House and the Congress.
Until a deal is finalised, rafts of federal agencies across the United States will not be able to operate. Primary services will continue to operate.
Before the said vote, President Trump said that it was “not looking good for our great military or safety and security on the very dangerous southern border.”
Trump then said that the Democrats “could have easily made a deal.”
On Twitter, Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate leader, said that the moment would be called as the Trump shutdown, adding further that “there is no one who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in more than President Trump.”
Schumer had previously warned Trump to “heed his own words”, quoting Trump stating that a shutdown would be “a tremendously negative mark on the President of the United States.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Sanders, the White House’s press secretary, said that Democrats in the Senate had “put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans.”
Sanders stated: “We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizen’s hostage over their reckless demands.
“This is the behaviour of obstructionist losers, not legislators.
“When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform.”
On a Twitter post, Sanders said that the Democrats “can’t shut down the booming Trump economy.”