USA: Federal govt. shuts down as Senate rejects spending bill

The US federal government shutdown at 12:01am (05:01am GMT) on Saturday morning after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a new budget. Sixty votes were needed to push forward a bill to fund the Pentagon and other federal agencies, which would keep the government open for four weeks. However, the final vote on the new bill failed to pass the margin with 50-49 to block the vote. Five... Еще Democrats voted alongside the Republican majority and four Republicans turned from their own party. The main point of contention lies over the differing opinions in how to protect undocumented migrants known as 'dreamers'. This is the first shutdown to happen with one party controlling both Congress and the White House. The last shutdown was in 2013 and lasted a total of 16 days.

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