US Government Turned Into Financial Pumpkin At Midnight

by | Jan 20, 2018 | Breaking News, Politics, United States

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US Government Turned Into Financial Pumpkin At Midnight

Federal Government Runs Out Of Money; Legislators Forced To Shutdown Operations

The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans, locked in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security, failed to agree on a last-minute deal to fund its operations.

In a late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through Feb. 16. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate but only 50 supported it.

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.

Huddled negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer were unsuccessful.

Political finger pointing and absurdist behavior was plentiful on the Hill.

President Donald Trump immediately moved to blame Democrats.

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” the White House said in a statement.

In return, Schumer pointed the finger directly at Trump.

“It’s almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown and now we’ll have one and the blame should crash entirely on President Trump’s shoulders.”

You can learn more about this abysmal financial state of affairs here:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-shutdown/u-s-government-shutdown-begins-as-spending-bill-fails-in-senate-idUSKBN1F814Y

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/20/579314199/government-shuts-down-as-congress-fails-to-pass-funding-measure

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39698546

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradmcmillan/2018/01/19/government-shutdown-no-big-deal/#63fe9fe32498

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US Government Turned Into Financial Pumpkin At Midnight

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