United States government shuts down after spending bill falters in Senate (Third Lead)
Jan 21 2018 by Lorena Waters
As the clock wound down to the midnight deadline, SenateRepublicans were unable to secure the 60 votes needed to defeat the Democrat filibuster on the spending bill, with four Republicans defecting and five Democrats joining the Republican's razor-thin 51 seat majority.
The Senate has scheduled a showdown vote for 10 p.m. EST on preventing a federal government shutdown. Republicans sought more time for talks, but Democrats refused.
As almost all Democrats and some Republicans opposed the measure, the government shut down at midnight.
The stopgap bill was sent to the Senate, where it faced stiff opposition from Democrats.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at the vote and said the shutdown was the result of a "cynical decision by the Democrats". We must do everything in our power as a state to continue to protect our most vulnerable and provide the stability our economy needs to grow.
In typical Trump-ian form, the U.S. President tweeted that House Democrats were shutting down the government in response to his great successes.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who met with Trump to discuss the spending stalemate Friday afternoon, pinned responsibility for the shutdown on the president in a floor speech after the failed CR vote. The bill was already approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday.
Pelosi gave a very brief overview to the leadership team of what Schumer told her about his meeting with the President. However, little progress has been made. "The discussions will continue", Schumer said.
McConnell said he wanted to introduce it during this early morning session, but he wasn't able to for procedural reasons and it wasn't clear if that measure would have enough Democrats it to advance.
According to the news site Axios, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters parks will remain open - they weren't during the 2013 shutdown - and the Post Office and the TSA are still open. To that end, leaders should also determine which employees are necessary for those "excepted functions".
When the clock struck midnight, federal services began to halt or be scaled back in the absence of an agreed spending plan.
Continuing to point the finger of blame, he tweeted: "Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our risky Southern Border".
MostDemocrats in both houses are not willing to vote on Republican legislation that includes none of their priorities.
"With the debt limit deadline farther away, we would expect a muted initial reaction in financial markets to a shutdown", said Goldman Sachs.
President Donald Trump tweeted earlier that efforts to avert a shutdown were "not looking good". The stakes are too high to put politics before people: President Trump stripped protections for Dreamers and Congressional Republicans have not prioritized Children's Health insurance.
Schumer, however, resisted this characterization and pointed out that four Republican senators - Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of SC and Rand Paul of Kentucky - voted in earnest against the continuing resolution.