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By Sheetal Sukhija | Sunday January 21, 2018
Government shutdown: Standoff persists, negotiations prolong
Faced with a U.S. government shutdown, the full effects of which are set to be felt around the country as the work week begins, the first day ended in a standoff between Trump and Republican lawmakers and Democrats. Negotiations began after a bill to fund the federal government for the coming weeks did not receive the required 60 votes late on Friday. On Saturday, recriminations flew around over the Senate's failure to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown. The U.S. Senate, which is due back in session, will try to end a budget impasse before Monday when the shutdown of many federal services will be felt around the country. As per experts, hundreds of thousands of federal staff are now facing the prospect of unpaid leave. On Saturday, the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell said there will be a vote at 01:00 in the early hours of Monday on a bill to fund the government until February 8. In 2013, the last government shutdown lasted 16 days. Since then, this is the first time that the government has been shuttered, when a shutdown carried on for 16 days as a band of Republicans tried to dismantle ObamaCare....Read More