US Govt Shuts Down as Talks Falter

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President Donald Trump admitted Friday that chances were "not looking good" that 11th-hour talks in Congress would break an impasse over spending and avert a USA government shutdown.

"This will be called the Trump shutdown because there is no one, no one who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in more than President Trump. he walked away from two bipartisan deals, including one today, in which I even put the border wall on the table".

Most Democrats opposed the bill because their efforts to include protections for hundreds of thousands of mostly young immigrants, known as Dreamers, were rejected by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders.

The last United States shutdown happened in 2013 and lasted for 16 days, during which many federal employees took a forced leave of absence.

The US government careened toward shutdown on Friday night (local time) in a chaotic close to Donald Trump's first year as president.

Senators blocked a bill to extend federal funding until 16 February despite huddled behind-the-scenes negotiations between leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell.

It also comes on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration.

Trump had tweeted: "A government shutdown will be devastating to our military. something the Dems care very little about!"

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US Govt Shuts Down as Talks Falter

"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown", the statement began.

"Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our risky Southern Border", he wrote.

Following the Senate vote, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Democrats of being "obstructionist losers".

"But as of tonight, due to a completely avoidable government shutdown, they'll stand their post without pay". "It is reckless. Senate Democrats have brought us to a shutdown", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement early Saturday morning.

Huddled negotiations by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in the last minutes before midnight were unsuccessful, and the U.S. government technically ran out of money at midnight on Friday.

Trump - who Schumer said "is like a Sphinx on this issue" - started on Thursday adding to the chaos gripping Washington, weighing in on the intense Republican maneuvering aimed at avoiding a politically embarrassing funding debacle.

However, essential employees who deal with public safety and national security will keep working. Republicans branded the confrontation a "Schumer shutdown" and argued that Democrats were harming fellow Americans to protect "illegal immigrants". A last-minute meeting between the president and Sen.

But most federal workers will not be paid.

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