After all the back and forth bickering, the US government officially shut down today after the Senate rejected the bill for short-term spending, to keep the Federal government moving. The shutdown began at 12:01 in the morning (US time) after several Republicans joined the Democrats to block the vital move that would have provided short-term funding for the Pentagon and other federal agencies.
We are saying to Mitch McConnell and President Trump: You are going to have to start dealing with the real issues facing this country. pic.twitter.com/JGEluWTOO4
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 20, 2018
Trump is laying all the blame on the Democrats for the shutdown (that has been his trademark), which happened exactly one year after he assumed office as President. (What a wonderful anniversary, Mr President!) “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,” he said. Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until February 16 did not receive the required 60 votes. The Senate voted 50-48 to block the stopgap funding measure.
.@CathyMcMorris: Last night @SenateDems made a decision not to join us in funding the government, in providing support to our military, and reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program. They made the choice to shut the government down. #SchumerShutdown. pic.twitter.com/BsFZtgzvAe
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) January 20, 2018
This is part of the Democrats strategy to force President Trump and the Republicans to negotiate with them on immigration reforms.
Senate Democrats shut down the government over a bill they have no issues with—a bill that keeps government open and extends health insurance to nearly 9 million children. They opposed a bill they don't even oppose. We do some crazy things in Washington, but this is madness. pic.twitter.com/SW4YPzKTfc
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 20, 2018
The shutdown effect would be felt more on Monday when federal government employees would be forced to stay at home without pay because they cannot make it to their workplace for no fault of theirs. It is estimated that more than 800,000 federal employees will be affected. Only essential services would be operational. My question to the president goes thus: is there any difference in the administration of the US government right now from that of the “shithole” countries?