Oh no! The crisis the whole country is afraid of, government shutdown. The federal government entered a partial shutdown late Friday after a key vote lacked the support it needed to pass as the midnight deadline passed.
Well, the government shutdown and everybody is just fine. Violent riots didn't break out, planes didn't fall from the sky and the only thing that isn't going on like normal is the massive government spending. Senate leaders sought to find a way to solve the impasse but despite the vote being held open for nearly an hour.
Senate Democrats remain locked in their stubborn ways vowing to not budge on the issue until progress was made on the DACA program. The Democrats were frustrated after a meeting with Republicans and President Donald Trump that they walked away from.
The standoff was nearing a solution when Schumer presented a proposal to break the stalemate to President Trump in a mid-day meeting at the White House. According to multiple politicians who were present, the proposal contained a plan to fund the government over the next two years.
Among the proposal was disaster aid, the low-income children's health insurance program, opioid funding, border security and relief for those Dreamers covered by DACA. So, why wasn't it passed?
Sen. Chris Coons said, "I think Senator Schumer tried very hard to reach a responsible compromise on a wide-range of topics. We discussed all of the major outstanding issues, we made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussions will continue," Schumer said immediately after the meeting."
The House passed the spending bill Thursday to extend funding for the government until February 16 but it failed to pass in Friday's vote just hours ago after 5 Democrats voted in favor but Republicans did not.
Democrats demand more progress on the Dreamers while many Republicans are frustrated with the whole process and opposed any short-term solution that would just see them back in this same circular position weeks or months down the road.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy.</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/954541219970977793?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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President Trump tweeted his own frustrations highlighting the fact that the Military and Safety & Security of the nation should not be left out of the equation when it comes to the government spending impasse.
Republican Sen. Jon Tester said the Republican bill was irresponsible. "I'm not going to vote for this. It’s very irresponsible. It doesn’t do what this country needs at all," said Sen. Tester.
A Washington Post <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/more-blame-republicans-than-democrats-for-potential-government-shutdown-post-abc-poll-finds/2018/01/19/c4fce2f6-fd32-11e7-ad8c-ecbb62019393_story.html?utm_term=.05897212fb3d&wpisrc=al_news__alert-politics--alert-national&wpmk=1">poll</a> found that 48% of Americans blame President Trump and Republicans for a shutdown while 28% said they blame Democrats and 18% said both parties were at fault.
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