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White House on shutdown: 'This is the behavior of obstructionist losers'

20 Janvier 2018

The government will run out of cash if Congress can't pass a spending by Friday at midnight.

Mr McConnell said he would seek a new funding bill through to 8 February but a Senate Democratic source said that was too far out.

The US government shut down on Saturday after the Senate failed to pass a procedural vote on a stopgap budget to fund the government.

The White House is preparing for what officials are calling "the Schumer shutdown" on Friday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said at a press briefing. It lasted for 16 days when many federal employees were forced to take leave of absence. "They could have easily made a deal but chose to play Shutdown politics instead".

Although past government shutdowns have done little lasting damage to the U.S. economy, they can rattle financial markets. Republicans say talks are already underway on both of those issues and more. Earlier there were signs that a breakthrough might be reached. As he left the meeting, Schumer told reporters he and the president "discussed all of the major issues" and "made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements". But it yielded no deal.

A government shutdown seems inevitable as Congress remains bitterly divided over Democratic demands for a solution on legislation to protect some 700,000 young immigrants from being deported. According to this same CNN Poll, "On its own, the DACA program remains broadly popular, with 84% saying they would like to see it continue, including 72% of Republicans, 82% of independents and a near-unanimous 96% of Democrats".

On Twitter earlier Friday morning, Trump said "Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate - but they want illegal immigration and weak borders".

Trump chastised Democrats for not backing the GOP version of the bill that passed the House late Thursday.

"The government shutdown was 100 per cent avoidable", he said. He said he and Trump had a "lengthy and substantive" discussion in which Schumer "reluctantly put the border wall on the table for the president", though ultimately "that wasn't enough to entice" Trump.

"Now, we'll have one - and the blame should crash entirely on President Trump's shoulders. There is no one who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in than President Trump".

Here's what you need to know about what a government shutdown would mean for Americans. That could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown, but they point the finger at Republicans instead. He claimed that the Obama administration "weaponized the shutdown in 2013". National parks and federal museums will be open, but with potentially reduced services.

There is no way to know how long the shutdown would last but billions of dollars would be lost with some estimates in the neighborhood of $6 billion each week.

White House on shutdown: 'This is the behavior of obstructionist losers'