Government shuts down as Trump feuds with Democrats
Reuters ^ | January 20, 2018 | by Richard Cowan
Posted on 1/20/2018, 8:54:39 AM by Oldeconomybuyer
WASHINGTON – The world’s most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting America’s deep political divisions.
For the first time since October 2013 – when a similar standoff that lasted 16 days kept only essential agency operations intact – federal workers were being told to stay at home or in some cases to work without pay until new funding is approved.
The shutdown began a year to the day after Trump was sworn in as president.
His inability to cut a deal despite having a Republican majority in both houses of Congress marks arguably the most debilitating setback for his crisis-plagued administration.
In a Twitter post early on Saturday, Trump blamed Democrat lawmakers.
“Democrats are far more concerned with illegal immigrants than they are with our great military or safety at our dangerous southern border,” he said. “They could have easily made a deal but decided to play shutdown politics instead.”
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