USA: Government shutdown was 'completely avoidable' — Sen. McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that the government shutdown was «completely avoidable» seconds after 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. According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, «A government shutdown was 100 percent unavoidable.» The Republican slammed Senate... Еще Democrats for playing «irresponsible political games», detailing how government workers would be directly affected by the Senate's decision. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell thrashed back, stating that the Republican Party has “failed” in their responsibility to govern. “The American people know that this party is not capable of governing”, he said. McConnell then addressed Trump directly, saying “The way things went today, the way you turned from a bipartisan deal, it is almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown and now we have one, and the blame should crash entirely on President Trump's shoulders.” 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 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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