This is what happens during a United States government shutdown

Frederick Owens
January 20, 2018

A last-ditch battle to avert a looming U.S. government shutdown moved to the Senate on Friday, where Democrats angered by the collapse of immigration talks have vowed to block a stop-gap funding bill.

Senate Democratic leaders and some Republicans openly discussed the possibility for a short-term funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, that would last a few days.

Late last night, the House passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government through February 16. "My Democratic colleagues' demand on illegal immigration at the behest of their far-left base have crowded out all other important business", McConnell said. "Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!" he tweeted.

ABC News says the measure now moves to the Senate, where the math still appears to be a challenge for Republicans, who would need Democratic votes to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to pass it. Shortly before the vote, the House Freedom Caucus said a majority of its members had voted to approve the measure, making passage more certain.

Democrats are angry that the GOP bill lacks protections for Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents. "If there is a shutdown he won't go", one official said on condition of anonymity.

Sanders comments Friday are in-line with what he said prior to the 2013 government shutdown.

The optics of being in Mar-a-Lago during a government shutdown would be bad, the official said, but so far the contingency plan being most discussed is delaying departure until Saturday.

"The leader is looking to deflect blame".

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A shutdown of the United States federal government is looming with opposition in the House and Senate to a Republican bill that would keep the government open for another month.Without action by Congress, the government will shut down on Saturday, the Hill magazine reported. Trump had been set to leave Friday afternoon to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration at his Palm Beach estate.

Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Trump told Schumer to work things out with McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Congress must act by midnight Friday or the government will begin immediately locking its doors. Most of the group's members agreed to back the spending bill in exchange for future votes - including on a "conservative" immigration bill that would probably include even tougher border security and other provisions, aides said.

Trump - who Schumer said "is like a Sphinx on this issue" - started on Thursday adding to the chaos gripping Washington, weighing in on the intense Republican maneuvering aimed at avoiding a politically embarrassing funding debacle.

The Washington Post reports that the bill that passed through the House includes an extension of a children's health insurance programme (CHIP) and delays to several unpopular health-care taxes - apparent efforts to persuade Democrats to back the temporary extension. "I hope not a single Republican is inclined to join them".

In a morning tweet, Trump accused Democrats of holding up the measure over immigration. During that 16-day shutdown, many federal agencies closed all but needed operations, and the the most visible public impact was the closure of the national parks.

Thus Republicans had twice halted government over objectives they lacked the political support and institutional power to sustain.

The Post broke down the numbers which point to a risky trend among independents, who drive the margin of blame against Republicans, "A 48 percent plurality says Trump and congressional Republicans are mainly responsible for the situation resulting from disagreements over immigration laws and border security, while 28 percent fault Democrats".

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