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The Federal Government Is Partially Shutdown

Democrats blame Trump's "temper tantrum"

December 22, 2018 - 7:22 am

The government has partially shut down after President Donald Trump was unable to agree with Democratic and Republican lawmakers on spending for his border wall.

Government operations will be disrupted during the shutdown and hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed or forced to work without pay just days before Christmas.

The shutdown comes after Vice President Mike Pence, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and senior adviser Jared Kushner spent much of Friday on Capitol Hill trying to break the standoff.

Trump tried to pin the blame on Democrats for the impasse, even though just last week he said he would be "proud" to shut part of the government in a fight for the wall, which was a major promise of his presidential campaign.

Democratic leaders say the government has shut down because President Donald Trump threw a "temper tantrum."

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say Trump "has gotten what he wanted" after threatening a shutdown several times. The government partially shut down at midnight after an impasse between Trump and Congress over money for a border wall.

The Democrats say the wall is "ineffective and expensive," adding that Trump "convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump shutdown in the middle of the holiday season."

Trump, in turn, has blamed Democrats for the shutdown.

Pelosi and Schumer said if the standoff isn't resolved, Democrats will pass legislation to reopen the government when they take the House majority in January.