U.S. government shutdown begins after failure to pass spending Bill

US House approves government funding bill, throws issue to Senate

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer has met with President Donald Trump at the White House to search for ways to avert a u.s. government shutdown, but he said afterwards that disagreements remained as the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline to pass a funding bill.

During remarks to reporters, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the federal government is preparing for a government shutdown.

Republicans and Democrats are at loggerheads over a solution that would protect almost 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

Democrats, who are seeking to capitalize on any Republican failings during a mid-term election year, may also be faulted after they wouldn't budge on demands to protect from deportation some 700,000 "Dreamers" who came to the country illegally as children.

In a separate tweet, Sanders touted the administrations economic policies, asking, "Democrats can't shut down the booming Trump economy".

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to express his displeasure with Senate Democrats with hours to go before the government potentially shuts down. The legislation would keep agency doors open and hundreds of thousands of federal employees at work through February 16.

"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown", she said.

According to official reports, the government shutdown will mean that many departments and offices, like the Department of the Treasury, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Library of Congress, will be closed. The House passed the 30-day spending bill Thursday night. During the last shutdown, those tasked with national security and safety continued to work, but Mattis argued that the unpredictable funding process was affecting troop training.

Despite frantic negotiations throughout Friday Republicans failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to vote on a short-term funding measure.

McConnell said Democrats "chose to filibuster a non-controversial funding bill that contains nothing they do not support".

Still, the White House and the GOP continue to insist that Senate Democrats are engineering an impasse by refusing to support yet another short-term spending bill to keep the government's lights on.

Congress has until March 5 to vote on a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, initiated by former President Barack Obama. Last week, Graham thought he had a chance for bipartisan deal to preserve DACA and enact other immigration reforms, but he said Trump's position changed swiftly.

The last United States shutdown lasted for 16 days in October 2013, with around 800,000 workers granted leave. Democrats say they have enough "no" votes to kill the bill.

Trump's tweet was an indication of the inability of the Republicans and the Democrats to arrive at an agreement to fund the government expenses for a short period of one month.

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