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US government shuts down as bill to extend funding is blocked

By Deepika
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    US government shuts down after Congress fails to pass fund extension bill | Oneindia News

    The US government officially shutdown today for the first time in five years after the Senate rejected a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government running, marking a chaotic end to Donald Trump's first year as president.

    Donald Trump

    The shutdown began at 12:01 am (local time) after a few Republicans joined Democrats in blocking the crucial measure would have provided short-term funding for the Pentagon and other federal agencies.

    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. According to The Hill, the bill needed 60 votes to pass and it was well short of that number with 48 senators voting against it.

    Only five Democrats voted in favour of the bill, while Republicans were also not united as Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) also voted against it.

    What happens in Shutdown?

    In shutdowns, nonessential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Workers deemed essential, including those dealing with public safety and national security, keep working.

    The effect of the shutdown would be felt most from Monday when the federal government employees would not be able to join for their work and be forced to stay at home without pay.

    It is estimated that more than 800,000 federal employees would be furloughed. Only the essential services would be open.

    According to the Congressional Research Service, there have been 18 government shutdowns since 1976 - under both Republican and Democratic presidents.

    The last shutdown, in October 2013, lasted more than two weeks and more than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed.

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