What happens during a government shutdown? 7 things you should know


Congress is attempting to reach a deal to end the government shutdown over the weekend, with Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for the stalemate.

Congress failed to reach an agreement before Friday’s deadline, prompting a government shutdown that continued into Sunday. A temporary spending bill passed in the House of Representatives Thursday night, 230-197, but Senate Democrats on Friday blocked the 28-day resolution that would have kept the government open.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellvowed that a vote to break a Democratic filibuster would happen by 1 a.m. Monday.

“I asked for consent to move up a vote on this bipartisan solution and end this craziness. The Democrats objected,” McConnell said late Saturday, Roll Call reported. “That won’t work forever. If they continue to object, we cannot proceed to a cloture vote until 1 a.m. Monday.”

President Trump also chimed in on Sunday, tweeting: “Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!”

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