US government shuts down after deadline passes without budget deal

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Published in Political News

When McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced the agreement on the legislation they called it "significant" and a "genuine breakthrough."

But late Thursday, Schumer was pessimistic as the shutdown loomed. "We're in risky territory here," he said.

Republican House leaders sent out a message that members should "prepare for late night or early morning votes," according to The Hill.

But with hard-line House Republicans opposing the bill, leaders required votes from Democrats in order to pass the bill.

They could be difficult to find because many from the left-leaning party also oppose the bill. They object to a lack of a commitment that the House will consider legislation to protect young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.


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