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Bipartisan efforts failed: US Government shutdown

Saturday, January 20th 2018 - 10:48 UTC
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Democrats blocked an agreed spending plan after having no solution included for more than 700.000 migrants beneficed by DACA program. Democrats blocked an agreed spending plan after having no solution included for more than 700.000 migrants beneficed by DACA program.
“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said
Many public sector workers will be sent home without wages and services such as National parks or Museums will be closed or partially closed Many public sector workers will be sent home without wages and services such as National parks or Museums will be closed or partially closed

For first time since 2013, the US government is in shutdown after senators rejected a temporary spending patch. Trump accuses Democrats of taking Americans hostage with their demands.

 Bipartisan efforts to find an alternative failed as a midnight deadline came. In an attempt to extend the federal budget, Democrats blocked an agreed spending plan after having no solution included for more than 700.000 migrants beneficed by DACA program.

White House drew tough after the deadline, saying they would not negotiate over immigration issue until government funding is restored. “We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform.”

From the first minute of Saturday, federal services began to come to a halt or be scaled back, even as lawmakers continued to argue on the floor of the Senate.

Essencial services and military activity will continue, but even serving soldiers will not be paid until a deal is reached to reopen the US government. Many public sector workers will be sent home without wages and services such as National parks or Museums will be closed or partially closed; even Courts and justice would move into contingency plans if the shutdown continues, allegued a spokeswoman at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

In 2013, the government was closed for two weeks.

By Sebastian Astorga.

Categories: Economy, Politics, United States.

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  • The Voice

    Remember Obama's problems? The US is an evenly divided country, like Britain, like Argieland.. Nothing new, different differences, same problem.

    Jan 20th, 2018 - 11:55 am +2
  • The Voice

    Chronics future... https://youtu.be/BBvIweCIgwk ;-)

    Jan 20th, 2018 - 08:15 pm +1
  • LEPRecon

    The Voice

    There is a difference between the UK and the USA. In the UK HM the Queen can dissolve a hung Parliament and send the self serving politicians to answer to the voters. Since none of the self serving politicians want to do that they always find a way to compromise.

    IMO the USA should just do away with it's President (down grade it to Prime Minister or something) and ask for the Monarchy back. It would cost them less and they wouldn't have some nutter with all the power.

    They'd have far fewer problems and a better, more transparent democracy because of it. And while they're at it they should introduce election spending limits like we have in the UK. That means that company's or rich people can't 'buy' the election. And if they haven't got too much to spend, then the poor electorate of the USA wouldn't have to put up with so many stupid and outrageous political adverts. In fact, they should ban political ads on TV. Maybe then instead of just trying to assassinate the character of rival politicians they would actually spend the money espousing their policies.

    However we all know that will never happen, because the corrupt Supreme Court basically ruled that money is 'freedom of expression' so therefore only rich people should be allowed to express themselves.

    I'll be the USA's founding fathers are spinning in their graves. They rebelled against the UK because they didn't want 'rich' unelected people dictating what they can and can't do, and then they bought in a law which basically says that 'rich' unelected people can buy politicians and use them for their own self interests.

    Jan 21st, 2018 - 08:54 pm +1
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