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Saturday, 20 January 2018

US Govt Shuts Down On Trump’s First Anniversary Over Immigration, Border Security Issues

US Govt Shuts Down On Trump’s First Anniversary Over Immigration, Border Security Issues

Donald Trump; US President

For the first time since 2013, the United States government officially shut down on Saturday, January 20 due to divisions among US lawmakers over an unresolved dispute about immigration and border security matters.

The shutdown came as US senators on Friday failed to agree on a short-term spending bill that will last till February 16.

The spending bill required 60 votes in the 100-member Senate but only 50 Democratic Party lawmakers supported the bill before its deadline.

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The shutdown formally began on Saturday, coinciding with the first anniversary of President Donald Trump in office after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer could not reach an agreement despite negotiations in the last minutes before the midnight deadline.

The dispute over the shutdown is expected to continue over the weekend as Democrats seek a deal over immigration reform, the major area of disagreement over the bill.

In a reaction, the White House has blamed democrats for shutdown insisting the Trump administration would not discuss immigration until the government was back up and running.

According to a statement from the White House, “The shutdown might be inevitable as Democrats want illegal immigration and weak borders.

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans.

“When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders, we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform.”

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