USA: 'Not too happy' — Americans react following govt. shutdown

Journalist: «How do you feel about it, that it happened» Sheila Belle, Washington DC visitor: «I think it's pretty interesting that it fell on the same day as the inauguration celebration of one year for Donald Trump, so its pretty ironic when you look at it that way but it is what it is.» Journalist: «Do you blame anyone for it? What do you think» Sheila Belle, Washington DC visitor: «I don... Еще't know if I can cast blame, because when you look at what's going on on Capitol Hill, everyone has to work together, and you even have to go back to President Barack Obama. When you look at him taking office, and what the Republicans decided to do, not to support him, and this went on for four years. Now we look at what's happening in 2018 with Donald Trump, its like, ok, if you guys could just work together, but they didn't do that with President Barack Obama, why aren't they doing that now.» Journalist: «Do you feel like any of them are responsible, Republicans or Democrats» Shanda-Monique Barnes: «Like my friend said, we really don't need to be casting blame, we just need them to work together to find some type of final resolution to get a budget passed so we can get back up and running.» 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. Residents of Washington DC reacted to the shutdown, expressing their hope for compromise and to get the government back to work. «We really don't need to be casting blame, we just need them to work together to find some type of final resolution to get a budget passed so we can get back up and running,» said Shanda-Monique Barnes, a DC local. On her end, a Washington DC visitor, Sheila Belle pointed out that «it's pretty interesting that it fell on the same day as the inauguration celebration of one year for Donald Trump,» describing the fact as «pretty ironic.» 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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