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United States government shutdown begins, so does the finger-pointing

21 January 2018

"I think it is nearly 100% likely that the government will shut down for some period of time - now my guess is it won't go past the first of the week - in which the disruption won't be particularly severe", said Yarmuth, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee.

As the clock ticked down to an eventual government shutdown at midnight Saturday, Trump invited Schumer to the White House to hear him out.

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. Republicans have so far refused.

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700,000 immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program the Trump administration rescinded previous year.

While Republicans are still confident they'll retain the seat, special elections tend to favor the party whose voters are more fired up, which appears to be the Democrats this year, the person said.

The shutdown formally began on Saturday, the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Below is a timeline of the Trump-Schumer interactions in the hours leading up to the shutdown, according to a Democratic source familiar with their interactions on Friday.

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Shortly before the vote, President Donald Trump tweeted that it was "not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very unsafe Southern Border".

Schumer agreed that some progress had been made but said there were still a number of disagreements.

Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown.

Schumer then met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin in his office.

Even by Washington's standards, the sequence of busted negotiations, partisan dysfunction, and blame games that shut down the federal government at midnight on Friday was baffling.

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. And, the shutdown itself will also probably be short-lived. Most Democrats and Republicans want to find a way to stop the deportation of almost 700,000 people brought illegally to the USA as children. Around 700,000 of them have been shielded against deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which Trump halted past year.

President Donald Trump rescinded DACA in September, giving Congress until March to find a legal solution.

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Trump blamed the Democrats in a pre-vote tweet, saying it was "not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very unsafe Southern Border", a reference to his much-vaunted proposal for a border wall with Mexico.

He pointed to statements made by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY made as the shutdown hour approached Friday night. We don't need 4 weeks.

"Instead of protecting Dreamers, renewing health insurance for millions of children, and tackling the real problems hurting our families, the president and his enablers in Congress have manufactured a government shutdown". On government spending. On all the major issues we've been discussing for months - and will continue to discuss.

Following the failed vote in the upper chamber, GOP Sen.

Trump entered the fray early Friday morning, mentioning the House-approved bill on Twitter, adding: "Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate - but they want illegal immigration and weak borders".

At least three Republican senators have said they will not back the resolution in its current form.

"President Trump is wrong in claiming we need a 'good shutdown.' There is no such thing". "Even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal". He said about 75 percent of the government would remain open, and he noted that Congress arranged for the military to continue to get paid.

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Afterward, Schumer indicated there was no deal yet. "The discussions will continue", the New York Democrat told reporters. Pennsylvania's senior senator is taking aim at the Republican Party for the potential shutdown of the federal government.

United States government shutdown begins, so does the finger-pointing