It’s official. The federal government has shut down.
The Friday 11pm CST deadline passed without the U.S. Senate voting on a short-term spending plan. It’s the first time the government has shut down since 2013, that lasted for 16 days.
“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans.”
A major roadblock in negotiations was democrats insisting that DACA be part of any funding deal.
“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” said Sanders.
“Dreamers are sons and daughters of America who want [to] be part of our future,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). “They guarantee to us that the American dream will be alive for another generation. They inspire me every day.”
Democrats have reportedly pitched a new continuing resolution that would expire on Jan. 29, which would be one day before the President’s first State of the Union address. But, Republicans aren’t willing to consider that.
This is the first modern government shutdown with Congress and the White House controlled by the same party. It also comes on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.