US Embraces Partial Government Shutdown
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US Embraces Partial Government Shutdown

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US Embraces Partial Government Shutdown

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On December 22, 2018, a huge number of U.S. federal workers faced a partial government shutdown after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for US$ 5.7 billion to start erecting a border wall with Mexico. It is the third shutdown this year.

The House passed a temporary spending bill late Thursday that includes the border wall money but it couldn't get enough votes to clear the Senate, setting the stage for the showdown between Congress and the White House.

Operations for several key departments and agencies ceased at 12:01 am Saturday (5:01 GMT), despite last-ditch talks that continued on Capitol Hill between White House officials and congressional leaders in both parties. The effected departments and agencies are the Department of the Treasury, Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice. The shutdown will also affect the operations of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Library of Congress (LoC). The U.S. Postal Service (USPS), busy delivering Christmas packages, is not affected because it’s an independent agency. Also, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents would still work, and air travel would continue virtually unaffected.

Overall, more than 800,000 federal employees would see their jobs disrupted, including more than half who would be forced to continue working without pay till Christmas eve. And, remaining nonessential federal employees across the government would stay home.

In a video address published on Trump's Twitter account shortly before the shutdown began, he said "there is nothing" his Republican party can do about the shutdown and said "we need the Democrats to give us their votes" to resolve it.



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As of now, the White House has no guidance to media on the President's public schedule for today.

However, Trump released a couple of tweets in the mid-morning which are as follows;



This is a developing story