Eli Ridder | WASHINGTON
The United States government went into partial shutdown midnight on Friday as the Senate failed to pass a temporary spending bill to keep federal agencies funded.
Senators remained on the floor following the deadline, in an apparent effort to figure out a solution.
The Senate voted 50 in favor to the spending bill to 49 against, failing to reach the 60 needed to pass it.
Five Democrats broke party lines and voted with Republicans in favor of the temporary budget, and five Republicans voted against the legislation.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sent out a release shortly before the deadline passed at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday saying the administration will not negotiate the status of the young immigrant “Dreamers” program “while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands”.
It is the first time in modern history that a government where a single party ruling the House of Representatives, Senate and the presidency has been forced into a shutdown.
This afternoon, in my heart, I thought we might have a deal tonight,” said Senate Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a speech criticizing Republican dealmaking after the midnight deadline.
Schumer said Democrats gave their strongest effort in coming to an agreement to keep the federal government open, but largely blamed a stubborn Trump and what Schumer described as his lack of leadership for Congressional Republicans.
Schumer said the current administration was “not capable of governing”, but he held out hope for some who could work in bipartisan efforts.
The White House made clear earlier in the evening that U.S. President Donald Trump would not be available to the press following the results.
It appears a response from Trump will not come until later on Saturday.
The shutdown comes on the first year anniversary of the 45th president’s inauguration last year.
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