Government Shutdown Begins as Budget Talks Falter in
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and THOMAS KAPLAN
New York Times
JAN. 19, 2018
WASHINGTON Much of the federal government officially shut down
early Saturday morning after Senate Democrats, showing remarkable
solidarity in the face of a clear political danger, blocked
consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government
The shutdown, coming one year to the day after President Trump took
office, set off a new round of partisan recriminations and posed
risks for both parties. It came after a fruitless last-minute
negotiating session at the White House between Mr. Trump and
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader.
With just 50 senators voting in favor, Senate Republican leaders
fell well short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed on the
spending measure, which had passed the House on Thursday. Five
conservative state Democrats voted for the spending measure. Five
Republicans voted against it, although one of those, Senator Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, did so for procedural
As the clock ticked toward midnight, when funding for the
government was set to expire, senators huddled on the floor of the
crowded Senate chamber, searching for some way forward.
Then, in the early morning hours, Mr. McConnell proposed a measure
that would keep the government open for another three weeks, not
four as the House measure would have done, and said the Senate
would come back to into session at noon Saturday.
Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown, the White House press
secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. Tonight,
they put politics above our national security, military families,
and our countrys ability to serve all Americans.
Democrats, calling it the Trump shutdown, countered that
Republicans were responsible for the management of a government in
A deal to avoid closing the federal government hinges on Senate
Democrats, and some Republicans, who want to include protections
for young undocumented immigrants.
In addition to funding government operations through Feb. 16, the