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White House says it prepares for gov't shutdown

White House says it prepares for gov't shutdown

In an animated and rare late-night debate on the Senate floor, Schumer and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sparred over the legislation, which would extend government funding for four weeks until February 16.

President Trump had been scheduled to leave Washington for Mar-a-Lago for the weekend on Friday, but the White House confirmed in the afternoon that the president's scheduled departure Friday has been canceled. "This is a program that is supported overwhelmingly by both parties, Republicans and Democrats, and all Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell had to do is put it up for a vote and it would have been a done deal".

Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have held last-minute talks to avert a United States government shutdown, with Mr Schumer accusing Republicans of being "paralysed and inept".

More Americans are blaming Donald Trump and Republicans for pushing the government toward a shutdown, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

But the Democrats are demanding concessions on immigration to protect the so-called Dreamers, the young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

US President Donald Trump failed to reach an agreement with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer after the pair met in a last-ditch bid to avert a government shutdown. "And I'm really hopeful we don't get to it". But that legislation to extend government funding still faces challenges, particularly after conservatives won concessions that could set up a shutdown in the coming weeks. The situation is a bit more complicated for federal contractors, though some companies agree to take on the costs of salaries for workers on government contracts. The military is considered essential so it would largely continue to function, though Congress would have to reapprove a bill from 2013 to have members of the military continue to receive paychecks during the shutdown. Some agencies would shut down altogether.

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Global ratings agency Fitch said a partial shutdown was unlikely to affect America's AAA/stable rating for USA sovereign debt. The current funding measure expires on Friday. The house passed these bills with respect to funding.

Instead of passing a month-long patch to government spending, Mr Schumer proposed a "very short-term" bill to keep the government running that he said could spark a deal over the next few days on immigration and overall spending levels until 30 September, the end of this fiscal year.

"Democratic senators' fixation on illegal immigration has already blocked us from making progress on long-term spending talks", McConnell said.

Negotiations with the White House on a bipartisan compromise on DACA blew up last week after Trump reportedly referred to African nations and Haiti as "shithole countries". "The Republican leadership has to get serious about finding a budget deal and quit relying on short-term patches".

In the past, Schumer has described Trump as "like a Sphinx on this issue", a sentiment Republicans also appeared to share.

"We don't want this".