US Senate funding is blocked, government shutdown against cut-down in federal budget

Much of this national government shutdown officially early Saturday morning following Senate Democrats, revealing remarkable solidarity in the face of a clear political danger, obstructed account of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running. The Senate adjourned at night about 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time. After this the decision taken for the government shutdown for cut down the federal budget. The last roll call, was 50 in favour and 49 against. Sixty votes are needed to end debate and proceed. Although four Republicans voted with most of those Democrats to block the bill, five Democrats voted to end debate. 

In the early morning, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, proposed a measure that would keep the government open to another three months, not four as the House measure could have achieved, also said the Senate would return into semester Saturday at noon.  

Government shutdown 2017 – 2018 in federal budget. 

Blame was laid by the White House for the government shutdown for cutting down the federal budget on the Democrats.

Minutes before the midnight deadline expired, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, delivered a statement on Twitter blaming Senate Democrats for she predicted the "Schumer Shutdown." Some US citizens replayed to her on twitter that government shutdown 2017 just lasted only for 30 min. What about this? Al so people want to know the reason for the cut down on the federal budget!

Democrats countered that Republicans were responsible for the management of a government in their own control. We don’t know on what basis the government cut down the federal budget?  

"A Republican president occupies the White House, and Republicans hold the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate," stated Representative Nita Lowey, Democrat of New York.  "It's outrageous that, even with unified control of government, the majority couldn't chart a course toward keeping the government open, the most basic duty of Congress." It clearly shows she blame on Republicans for the government shutdown on the federal budget. It would have happened in 2017 just extend to few more months, that’s it. Harry a US based political observer commented. 

President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Democrat in the Senate, came to an agreement to avert the government shutdown on the federal budget over lunch on Friday, but their consensus broke down later in the day once the president and his chief of staff demanded more concessions on immigration, according to people on both sides familiar with the lunch and follow up calls between Mr. Trump and Mr. Schumer. Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Schumer had a meeting on December 2017 and discussed to find a solution to avoid the government shutdown, but it doesn’t work out.   

The discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Schumer, fellow New Yorkers who've known each other for years, began when the president named Mr. Schumer Friday morning, giving the White House staff nearly no heads-up. In a lengthy telephone conversation about the government shutdown, the two men agreed to seek a permanent spending bargain instead of the stopgap measure being negotiated by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. They couldn’t find a solution for the cut down on the federal budget. 

Less than an hour later, Mr. Schumer was meeting with Mr. Trump over cheese burgers from the president's research next to the Oval Office. The White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, was there, as was Mr. Schumer's chief of staff, Mike Lynch.

Even because the government shutdown based on the federal budget cut down dominates headlines, it could be abandoned by November 2017

At the autumn of 2017, Republican hard-liners engineered a 16-day shutdown of the national authorities, implausibly insisting that President Barack Obama acquiesce for their demand that the Affordable Care Act be stripped of all funding.

The gambit failed miserably. The Republican Party standing in public opinion polls dropped. Mr. Obama and Democratic lawmakers were widely seen as victorious.

Then the following November, something happened that clearly advised the movements of Democrats today as they drove the government toward the following shutdown: Voters handed Republicans overwhelming victories and a Senate majority -- in large part because of dissatisfaction with the man from the White House.  The shutdown was a distant memory.

"I don't think anyone paid a big price for it," Senator Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who's confronting a more competitive re-election race this fall, said of the 2014 election.

For Democrats on the ballot in many of the states that President Trump carried, the brand-new government shutdown for cut down in the federal budget is unmistakably perilous, especially if it's regarded as a strong-armed move to safeguard undocumented immigrants attracted to this country illegally as children. And Mr. Manchin claims to keep the government open, as did four additional Trump-state Democrats.

Lindsey Graham suggested a three-week funding extension to avoid the government shutdown.

From the announcement, he stated that he thought that lawmakers were "inside the ten-yard line" on finding solutions to other issues involved in the disagreement within the spending bill.

Officials at the White House Office of Management and Budget spent the last week consulting with national agencies on contingency plans in the event of a government shutdown, the fourth time in the past year that they have had to make such trainings.

More than 1 million active duty military employees will serve with no lapse, they said, but could not be paid before the shutdown ends. Agencies like the Department of Energy who have funding that isn't subject to appropriations can use that money to remain open, the officials said, and the government is encouraging them to do so. Most programs -- entitlements such as Social Security that are automatically funded instead of subject to appropriations -- may continue without affecting the government shutdown on the cut-down on federal budget

Officials said Mr. Trump may traveling on Air Force One to take out his constitutional responsibilities, such as a projected trip to Davos, Switzerland, next week -- though it wasn't clear if trips to Mar-a-Lago, his exclusive Palm Beach club, for golf and interacting, like the one he had planned for this weekend, would fall in that category. May be in this weekend he may come out with an idea to avoid the government shutdown against the cut-down on federal budget.

Overall, the senior officials said, the administration was working to minimize the impact of the government shutdown on Americans. However, some things will have to wait. One official said there could not be any work in the short term, to the forthcoming budget request for 2019 of the president long as there remained a shutdown in effect.

Mr. Mulvaney was a ringleader of the so-called government shutdown against the cut-down on federal budget caucus when he helped orchestrate the shuttering of this authorities in 2013 or 2017 as a hard-right member of the House.

Now, as Mr. Trump's budget director, he is doing his very best to avert one. At a White House briefing on Friday, Mr. Mulvaney insisted that a shutdown was not a desirable result, and that unlike the last such scenario under President Barack Obama in 2013, the Trump administration was doing everything possible to avoid a funding lapse. He explained that Democrats "weaponized" that the government shutdown against the cut-down on federal budget back then for political purposes.

The tune on Friday was much different from five decades ago as it had been Mr. Mulvaney who dared Democrats over funding for the Affordable Care Act.  Mr. Mulvaney also helped spearhead the debt ceiling brinkmanship in 2011 over Republican demands to reduce Planned Parenthood financing.

Republicans did bear a lot of the responsibility for its government shutdown 2017 and 2013, and Mr. Mulvaney in the time attempted to play down the effect that the standoff was having on the authorities.

"In lots of ways, this is really a government 'downturn' more than it's a shutdown," he explained.

And while Mr. Mulvaney was quick to assail Mr. Obama's lack of leadership for the latest government shutdown against the cut-down on federal budget, he said Friday that Mr. Trump must face no blame if a shutdown happens on his watch.

"There's no way you can lay this at the feet of the president of the USA," he said.  

Jacque Simon, the public policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, stated national workers have not yet been given any directions about how agencies plan to function or whom will be sent home if the government shutdowns against the cut-down on federal budget occur.  '' she said, is a smart move. It could have sort it out in 2107.

Approximately 56 percent of I.R.S. workers are set to be sent home from the government shutdown against the cut-down on federal budget.

She noticed that some providers that demand staffing and maintenance, like campgrounds and full-scale restrooms, won't operate.

"The White House is very conscious of what's popular and what is not, and I believe one of the memorable pictures from the last government shutdown against the cut-down on federal budget was World War II veterans who'd come to D.C. to visit the then-relatively new World War II Memorial being turned away. It wasn't a good visual," she said.

Such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Grand Canyon, more than 400 National Park have been the most visible faces of previous government shutdowns.

Ms.Simon said the government shutdown against the cut-down on federal budget is an "economic disaster" for federal employees, and said she's concerned that federal parks that my remain open by the government paying contractors while sending national workers on furlough.  She said, would amount to an illegal privatization of their workforce.

And it comes at a time when the agency is already understaffed, with lost 21,000 full-time workers since 2010 as its budget has dwindled.  

Mr. Trump has cautioned that the government shutdown could blunt the effect of his tax cuts, and he could have a point.

"It's nothing more than a bald-faced attempt to divert Americans' focus away from your G.O.P.'s extreme agenda," Scott Slesinger, the legislative director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.

National Parks will remain open even though the government shutdown, the Department of Interior announced in a move which may help when Congress fails to consent to a funding, assuage public anger in Republicans.

The last time Congress failed to agree on a budget, at 2013, a group of specialists aided by Republican lawmakers ignored barricades at the World War II memorial in Washington to visit the site.  

Environmental activists criticized the strategy to keep open the federal parks, even calling it dangerous to visitors in addition to illegal under the Anti-Deficiency Act of 1998 that mandates the government can't spend money which haven't been appropriated.

"The American people and our specialists who come to our country's capital will find war memorials and open-air parks available to the public," she said.

"We fully expect the government to remain open nonetheless, in case of the government shutdown against the cut-down on federal budget, national parks will stay as accessible as you can while still following all applicable laws and processes," Heather Swift, an Interior Department spokeswoman, said in a statement.

Tax filing period starts in under fourteen days, and the Internal Revenue Service, which has been swamped with work trying to execute the new tax law, might take a large hit.  That could take a toll on the tax collection agency's capacity to ensure a smooth transition and handle the tsunami of questions coming from perplexed taxpayers.

"We'll be watching that very closely," she said.

Reported on nytimes.com