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VOA / Sunday January 21, 2018
Partial US Government Shutdown Continues for Second Day
The U.S. government stayed partially shut down Sunday for a second day, with no immediate end in sight to the stalemate between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over federal spending and immigration issues. U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Congress to resolve the standoff, suggesting on Twitter that if it continues, Senate Republicans should abandon the long-standing supermajority rule required for major legislation in the chamber. He said Republican lawmakers should instead opt for a 'nuclear option' and a simple majority to vote 'on real, long term budget,' rather than voting on another temporary funding measure. The lawmakers traded barbs all day Saturday over the blame for the first government hiatus since 2013, even as some moderate lawmakers from both parties huddled to see if they could broker an agreement that would reopen the government in time for the start of the work week on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. The Republican...Read More