Today is President Trump’s first year anniversary since taking office but its also a day that the senate failed to pass the spending bill which has led the United States government to shutdown as at midnight.
In a dramatic late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through Feb. 16. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate but fell short, with only 50 supporting it. Most Democrats opposed the bill because their efforts to include protections for hundreds of thousands of mostly young immigrants known as Dreamers failed.
Huddled negotiations by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in the last minutes before midnight were unsuccessful, and the U.S. government technically ran out of money at midnight. The shutdown formally began on Saturday, the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Trump immediately sought to blame Democrats. “Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” the White House said in a statement.
Who’s affected by the government shutdown?
- 700,000 undocumented immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be affected, as there’s currently no fix in place ahead of the March 5 deadline
- 9 million children who are under the Children’s Health Insurance Program — whose parents usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private health coverage — will have less certainty about the future of their health care
- About 1.3 million active-duty military will be expected to work potentially without pay. The military is currently paid through February 1.
- In the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 government employees were furloughed each day — and there could be a similar number this time around
- 1.87 million civilian government workers could be exempt from furlough — including the workers at the Transportation Security Administration and food safety inspectors, border patrol officers and federal prison guards
- Up to 417 national park sites could be closed, though the Trump administration is going to “try to allow limited access wherever possible,” Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift told CNN
- 19 Smithsonian museums could be closed