U.S. Federal Government Shutdown


The U.S. federal government has shut down.

Both Republicans and Democrats failed to reach an agreement and as a result the government is shut down.

A government shutdown occurs when Congress and the President fail to pass appropriations legislation funding government operations and agencies.

A shutdown began at midnight, 12:01 AM 20 January 2018 (Saturday); essential services continue, but armed service personnel on duty, for example, would not be paid until the shutdown ends.

The shutdown stemmed from disputes over the extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, and therefore whether those covered under the program should face deportation.

There was also a dispute over whether funding should be allocated towards building a Mexico–United States border wall, a keystone policy during the Donald Trump presidential campaign.

This is the first shutdown in United States history to occur while both chambers of Congress as well as the White House are controlled by the same party. The shutdown began on the first anniversary of Donald Trump taking office.


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