US government ‘shutdown’ continues into third day
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US government ‘shutdown’ continues into third day

January 21, 2018

The Raw Data

Unspun and unbiased. These are the facts.

A partial shutdown of U.S. government services continues into a third day on Monday, after the deadline passed for the Senate to approve a short-term spending bill on Friday night. The Senate vote on Friday’s bill was 50 – 49; it needed at least 60 votes in favor to pass.

Congress spent Saturday and Sunday negotiating a new spending bill. Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that a vote was scheduled for noon on Monday on a bill to fund the government for three more weeks, moving it from an originally scheduled vote at 1 a.m. Monday morning.

As part of the negotiations on the spending bill, Senate Democrats are seeking to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They have also asked for increased funding for disaster relief and opioid treatment programs.

What happens in a government shutdown?

During a government shutdown, some “nonessential” governmental departments are closed and employees are placed on furlough. This means they will not go to work this Monday or receive a paycheck, unless Congress reaches an agreement before then.

Services deemed “essential” continue. These include food inspections, air traffic control, national security, disaster assistance, prison operations, taxation, electricity production and Social Security. The U.S. Postal Service still continues to deliver mail, according to CNN.

Military services still operate, The Washington Post reported, though service members are not paid unless Congress passes a special measure for them.

During past shutdowns, national parks and monuments have closed at least partially. On Sunday, sites such as Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell were closed, while other sites such as Yellowstone National Park were open.

About 800,000 government workers were furloughed during the last shutdown in 2013, which occurred as Republicans unsuccessfully lobbied for changes to the Affordable Care Act.

Sources: AP, BBC, CNN