The lack of funds will disrupt many government operations and the routines of 800,000 federal employees. Roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and will work unpaid just days before Christmas, while 380,000 will be furloughed, meaning they’ll stay home without pay.
The capitol is seen at day's end, Friday, Dec. 21, as the Senate works on a Housepassed bill that would pay for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. A political gridlock for funding resulted in a partial federal shutdown early Saturday morning. (AP Ph
The capitol is seen at day's end, Friday, Dec. 21, as the Senate works on a Housepassed bill that would pay for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. A political gridlock for funding resulted in a partial federal shutdown early Saturday morning. (AP Ph

WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting a Mexican border wall.

Vice President Mike Pence, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney left the Capitol late Friday after hours of bargaining with congressional leaders produced no apparent compromise. “We don’t have a deal. We’re still talking,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters.

Late Friday, Mulvaney sent agency heads a memorandum telling them to “execute plans for an orderly shutdown.” He wrote that administration officials were “hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration” — an expectation that was widely shared.

 

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