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US Government officially Shuts Down




US Government officially Shuts Down -BellaNaija

The White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The US Government has officially shutdown at midnight Friday following the inability by the Republican and Democratic senators to reach a compromise on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme and build a wall along the Mexican border.

Congress also failed to reach an agreement to a limit on how much Congress could spend on military and domestic programmes in order to keep the government open.

A shutdown occurs when Congress and the President fail to sign into law 12 appropriation bills, which determine spending for specific government agencies, in order to continue providing funding for government operations.

With the situation, Federal Government employees would be forced to shut down nonessential services while essential staff at top level agencies will continue working but employees are not sure when they will get their salaries.

A government shutdown could last for days or weeks as long as it takes Congressional leaders from both parties to reach an agreement to fund the government, but not months.

A temporary spending bill was passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday night with 230 to 197, but a concurrent 60 votes were required in the Senate to advance a short-term spending bill to fund the government and avoid a shutdown.

However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: “The overwhelming number in our caucus have said they don’t like this deal and they believe if we kick the can down the road this time we’ll be back where we started from next time. So there’s very, very strong support not to go along with their deal.”

Consequently, the final vote in the Senate as at midnight ended 50 to 49, for and against respectively, short of the required 60 votes in order to break a filibuster, while Senator John McCain was absent.

Hours before the shutdown, Trump had laid the entire blame at the doorstep of Democrats.

Tweeting on Friday morning, Trump said: “Government Funding Bill past [sic] last night in the House of Representatives.

“Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate – but they want illegal immigration and weak borders. Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!”

The White House, in a statement by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reacting to the government shutdown, said Senate Democrats owned the unfortunate event and blamed “obstructionist losers” for failing to reach a deal.

The statement read: “Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children and our country’s ability to serve all Americans.

“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behaviour of obstructionist losers, not legislators.

“When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

Vice President Mike Pence in a statement also criticised the Democrats, saying: “Our administration worked in good faith to put a bipartisan deal on the table that would strengthen our borders, end chain migration, eliminate the visa lottery, and deal compassionately with DACA.

“But rather than solve problems, Democratic leadership preferred a shutdown that has dangerous consequences for our national defense.

“Their action tonight- or lack thereof- is unconscionable. Our administration will do everything within our power to support the brave men and women in uniform who stand on the frontlines of freedom.

“But as of tonight, due to a completely avoidable government shutdown, they’ll stand their post without pay.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also laid the shutdown at the Democrats’ feet, blasting Democrats from the Senate floor where he said the shutdown “was 100 per cent avoidable”.

McConnell asked: “What has their filibuster accomplished? What does it accomplish? The answer is simple. Their own government shutdown.

“I don’t think it makes the institution looks very responsible. The American people should expect better from us.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. kinibigdeal

    January 20, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    why can’t there be one hitman to help he entire world with Donald…’s just one big headache with him everyday

  2. Nakoms

    January 20, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Eeeyaaah! Thank God we sha dont have govt shut down here in nigeria O! Lol!

    • The Real Oma

      January 20, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Yeah, because ours is perpetually DOWN.

  3. TeeS

    January 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    You really tried it !!!
    I’m guessing you don’t know what government shut down is .
    Cus Id take a government shutdown here over what we have in Nigeria .
    You sha tried it !
    Sis you trieeeedddddd itt!!!
    Don’t do this again .
    I love Nigeria but stop it !!!!!!!!

    • Loool

      January 20, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      Abeg, let’s hear word, wetin?! Rme.

    • Nakoms

      January 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      I’ll control myself and not call you dense!
      That was written tongue in cheek!
      Choi you really lack the sense of……

  4. Simi

    January 20, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Great to see Democrats finally show some grit and stop being push overs. Negotiate hard too.
    Republicans always refuse to concede any ground at such negotiations and expect Democrats to make concessions on their own agenda.
    And for chrissake, they should stop the statements about this being a national security matter. We all remember how they almost shutdown government days before Osama Bin Laden was killed. That was a national security matter!
    They also better not fake any threat. Hian.

  5. Asake

    January 20, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    I searched online trying to understand if this would have an impact on Naira. I found only abroad articles. I guess the length of the shutdown will determine the impact if will have on world economy and developing market. Thank God this didn’t happen in summer- the revenue that would be lost from tourism alone.

  6. TeeS

    January 20, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    @ Nakoms
    I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know it was sarcasm
    N pls we don’t need to not call “me dense”
    Y’all are super quick to be insultive

  7. Emma

    January 21, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Welcome to the club. Nigeria’s government has been shutdown for YEARS.

    • A.D.A.

      January 21, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Decades, nko?

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