United States shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

United States shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

President Trump blamed Democratic lawmakers for a government shutdown Saturday, accusing them of "holding our Military hostage" over their demand that a short-term spending bill include protection for illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.

The President watched the results from the White House residence, dialling up allies and affirming his belief that Democrats would take the blame for the shutdown, said a person familiar with his conversations but not authorised to discuss them publicly. He cited a lack of consensus between Trump and Congressional GOP leaders as detrimental to the process.

"It's nearly as if you were rooting for a shutdown", Mr Schumer said in comments on the Senate floor aimed directly at Trump.

Democratic and Republican leaders agreed to reopen negotiations on Saturday and said they were committed to getting a quick agreement.

A cloture vote to advance a monthlong continuing resolution to fund the government failed to garner the 60 votes needed to advance, 50-49.

Continuing to point the finger of blame, he tweeted: "Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our risky Southern Border".

Republicans voting against the measure were Sens.

Trump, who slammed the minority party in a series of morning tweets, argued that the shutdown occurred because Democrats were more concerned about helping immigrants who came to the country illegally as children than USA military service members or American citizens.

The long-standing news host has previously discredited theories by the US President, such as Trump's accusations of Hillary Clinton being involved in a uranium scandal with Russian Federation.

Democrats say Trump and his Republicans keep moving the goal posts, with the president on Friday rejecting a budget and immigration deal that even included funding for his cherished wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, one of the chief planks of his presidential campaign.

The US government has shutdown but Donald Trump is still tweeting.

"We did our job, but Senate Democrats simply refused to do theirs", Ryan said. Democrats had argued for an extension of just four or five days to force both sides into serious negotiations on the immigration issue.

In a shutdown, "essential" employees who deal with public safety and national security would keep working. "They're not talking to us".

Known as "Dreamers" and largely from Mexico and Central America, these immigrants were given temporary legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program started by Obama.