U.S. shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

Recriminations have begun over the failure of the United States Senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services.

A bill to fund the federal government for the coming weeks did not receive the required 60 votes by the deadline of midnight on Friday.

President Trump accused the Democrats of putting politics above the interests of the American people.

The Democrats blame him for rejecting bipartisan compromise proposals.

Both the Republican and Democrat congressional leaders say they will keep talking, and the White House budget chief has expressed optimism that a resolution will be found soon.

But hundreds of thousands of federal workers are facing the prospect of no work and shuttered offices on Monday morning.

The last government shutdown was in 2013, and lasted for 16 days.

4 Responses to U.S. shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 20, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Barbados Today re: UK news
    The government shutdown this weekend is the FIRST TIME a true, honest-to-God shutdown has happened with a single party controlling the White House and Congress.

    It’s true that Jimmy Carter and Democrats in Congress butted heads five separate times in 1977, 1978, and 1979, and couldn’t get their act together to fund the government (Carter was a bad president!). But that was before Carter’s attorney general issued guidance saying that when a funding gap like that exists, government functions must shut down.

    Carter’s “shutdowns” didn’t lead to any federal employees being sent home and denied pay. Donald Trump’s will.

    Republicans are already trying to blame the Democratic minority in the Senate for threatening to filibuster a spending bill that doesn’t include relief for DACA recipients — unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children and who had been protected by an Obama administration executive action that Trump has since revoked. The White House has even started calling it the #SchumerShutdown, after the Democratic Minority Leader.

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  2. jrsmith January 20, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Now who the ***k cares ….. What differences is it going to make to us………………….

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    • Belfast January 20, 2018 at 11:46 pm

      Now if it was a shut down in Trinidad and Tobago we would be up the South Coast.

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  3. Othneal January 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you @ Veroniva Boyce for the insight.. Interestingly, no one appears to have considered the reason why The Democrats are reluctant to defer their DACA demands. They are not being unreasonable. Anyone who makes that accusation is being deliberately disingenuous or politically naïve. The Democrats are not being deliberately obstructive . They know that President Trump and The Republicans will renege on any deal leaving, leaving the Democratic with a bum cheque. The system normally works. However, Trump isn’t normal?!?!.
    All in American Government circles know that’s the way things are done on Capital Hill. Republicans are simply a case of, “the pot calling the kettle black”. ? Kindergarten for the deluded!!!!.

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