Welcome to Day 1 of the Shutdown

A cheeseburger lunch wasn't enough to stop it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 20, 2018 5:12 AM CST
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, right, and Marc Short, left, White House director for legislative affairs, speak to members of the media in the Brady Press Briefing Room...   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday. That has halted all but the most essential operations and marred the one-year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown. Congress scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure, reports the AP. The AP separately tracks the path to the shutdown:

  • It was shortly after 7:30pm Thursday when the Republican-led House passed a 30-day spending plan. With less than 29 hours until the shutdown deadline, attention quickly shifted to the Senate, where 60 votes were needed.
  • In a sign of the trouble to come, the Senate couldn't even agree on when to adjourn for the night. When lawmakers did return Friday morning, a shutdown suddenly seemed more likely than ever.

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