Jan 19, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Here comes the government shutdown

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The Senate failed to pass a House bill to keep the government open late Friday night. Five Democrats broke ranks to join Republicans to pass the spending bill, but five Republicans voted no. Democrats want the spending bill to include provisions on immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: “This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators.”

The latest: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he will be proposing an amendment to fund the government through February 8, instead of February 16.

What happens next: The government shut down at midnight. Many thousands of federal employees will be furloughed and around 1.3 million military personnel will go without pay until it's over. President Trump cancelled a trip to Florida to stay in D.C.

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