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The Federal government began to partially shut down at midnight Saturday after the lawmakers were not able to keep an agreement on a spending deal, the government open — and a race to assign blame.
The partial shutdown began, adjourned, at midnight, a few hours after the house and Senate. It was expected to take at least a couple of days, with sources on both sides of the aisle say, Fox News, Washington might be able to take a longer. The White house, however, was to project confidence that they can secure a deal.
Talks were expected to continue Saturday afternoon, but Sunday was to be expected that the cut-off date for the negotiations to end the shutdown. The legislature were to be promoted with the aim of a provisional agreement on all seven of the outstanding appropriation bills until the end of September 2019. A senior source close to the negotiations told Fox News that they want to see “on Sunday morning, if there is a center-of-gravity” for hammering out a deal.
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The main sticking point of the negotiations was the financing for Trump signature 2016 campaign, the wall promises to the southern border. Trump had requested $ 5.7 billion for wall-financing and an invoice, that the funding passed the house on Friday. But the efforts have hissed in the Senate, where 60 votes were required for passage and, therefore, Democrat votes are needed.
Trump was keen to blame Democrats for the impasse, and on Friday urged Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., rely on the so-called “nuclear option”, which require a change in Senate procedure to approve only a simple majority of the bill-therefore, the Republicans are allowed to override Democratic objections.
“Mitch, do you use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our country is counting on you!” he tweeted on Friday.
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Late on Friday, he stressed the need for a wall in a video he posted on Twitter and blame the shutdown on the Democrats.
“We have a standstill, we can do nothing about it, because we need the Democrats to give us their votes,” he said. “They call it is a Democrat shutdown, call it what you want, but we need your help to get this approved.”
Democrats, meanwhile, sought to blame the President and blasted what they called a “tantrum” from the White house.
“Instead of honoring its responsibility to the American people, President Trump threw a temper tantrum and convinced house Republicans push our nation in a destructive Trump Shutdown in the middle of the holiday season,” a joint statement late Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY said.
The democratic leaders openly said, you have to keep “several proposals” to the government, all of which they said includes “the promotion of a strong, meaningful and effective border protection – not the President is ineffective and expensive wall.”
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The Senate appropriations bill, passed on Wednesday, the base calculation for the financing, and that the allocated $ 1.6 billion for the border security. But, it has not cap to spend all the money under administration. So, there is an additional $900 million is available, could in theory go in the direction of the funding of the wall. If it was reserved, it could Trump offer total wall – border-package of over $ 2.5 billion.
Fox News said Trump would accept the increase in the wall-financing, and that the administration believes it can find additional in-wall money to the various programs of the Federal government, which could be “reprogrammed” for the wall. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on “America’s Newsroom” this week, there are “other ways we can get to $5 billion.”
It is expected that the Senate move first, maybe on Sunday, with the house later in the night. The Congress has a bit of leeway to, since it has been a weekend, followed by Christmas eve-for the trombone, the Federal government workers a day off-and then it’s Christmas. This does not mean, therefore, that the partial shutdown bite completely until Wednesday.
About a quarter of the government will be affected in a shutdown. Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments, the shutter speed, along with dozens of agencies. These departments are: agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, housing and urban development, Interior, justice, state, transportation and Treasury.
Central persons would still be required to work without pay. Nearly 90 percent of Homeland Security employees as essential.
Approximately 420,000 employees are considered essential, and work is unpaid, while more than 380,000 people furloughed will mean in the end, you will experience a temporary holiday from their work
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Most of the NASA, Department of housing and urban development, Commerce Department, and the National Park Service staff. In addition, approximately 52,000 IRS workers are furloughed.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will remain open, as always, in the case of a partial government shutdown, because it is “an independent organization, which she said is funded through the sale of our products and services, and not by tax dollars,” a spokesman for Fox News.
TSA agents, air traffic controllers and border security agents are required to have a shut down – even if you may not get a paycheck immediately.
Amtrak, a government corporation, will continue the normal operations in a short-term shutdown, a spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.
Members of Congress continue to be paid, as the legislative appropriations already approved back in September, and the 27th Amendment bars “”varying the compensation” for the legislature, until after each election.
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.