Sunday, February 25, 2018 | ePaper

US shutdown

Government services closed as working week begins

  • Print


Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown.
Some will not be paid until the stalemate is resolved.
A rare Sunday session of the Senate yielded no agreement between Democrats and Republicans, with immigration one of the main sticking points. Essential services will still run but famous sites such as the Statue of Liberty have already been affected.
The monument was closed on Sunday but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would dip into state funds to pay the daily employment bill and reopen the popular tourist site.
It missed a deadline. At midnight on Friday, lawmakers failed to agree on a spending bill. The bill was not a plan for funding for the whole of 2018, but would have kept things running until the middle of next month.
Democrats refused to back a temporary deal until their concerns on immigration reform were dealt with.
Efforts to reach a compromise ahead of the working week failed late on Sunday.
A vote to end the shutdown was postponed until midday (17:00 GMT) on Monday, meaning many federal government offices will not open and the shutdown enters its third day.
Under Senate rules, the bill needs 60 votes in the 100-member chamber. The Republicans currently have 51 senators, so they need some Democratic support to pass a budget.
Democrats want President Trump to negotiate over immigration as part of a budget deal, but Republicans say no agreement is possible while federal government services are closed.
Republicans want funding for border security - including a proposed border wall with Mexico - and immigration reforms, as well as increased military spending.
On Saturday, Mr Trump said the "nuclear option" of a simple majority vote was necessary to end the impasse.

More News For this Category

Sridevi: Bollywood superstar dies at 54 of heart attack

Sridevi: Bollywood superstar dies at 54 of heart attack

BBC Online: Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor has died of a heart attack, her family says. She was 54.The actress known simply as Sridevi passed away in Dubai, where she was

Female Nobel laureates in city to meet Rohingya women

Female Nobel laureates in city to meet Rohingya women

AP, Dhaka  :Three female Nobel Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh on Saturday to meet Rohingya Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers in Myanmar

Thousands protest deadly drug war in the Philippines

Thousands protest deadly drug war in the Philippines

Al Jazeera News  :Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Manila to protest Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, which has left thousands of people dead, and to express

Female Nobel laureates in BD to meet Rohingya women

Female Nobel laureates in BD to meet Rohingya women

The New York Times :Three female Nobel Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh on Saturday to meet Rohingya Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers

More pressure on Myanmar likely

UNB, Dhaka :The European Union is likely to come up with "restrictive measures" against Myanmar generals as the Foreign Ministers of European countries sit on Monday in Brussels.The Foreign

Hearing on Khaleda`s bail plea today

UNB, Dhaka :The High Court is set to hear on Sunday a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The bail

Election to be freed from captivity

Staff Reporter :Discussants at a seminar on Saturday urged the country's civil society to impress upon the government and the Election Commission to hold the next 11th parliamentary elections

Biman faces final test

Kazi Zahidul Hasan :Biman Bangladesh Airlines is expecting to pass the test for European aviation safety standards, creating grounds for the withdrawal of the UK ban on the national

Murder or suicide!

Staff Reporter  :A madrasa student was burnt to dead over rivalry in a bathroom of the madrasa in Nishchintapur of Thakurgaon district town on Saturday morning.The deceased was identified

Govt never foils peaceful prog: Asad

UNB, Comilla :Mentioning that the government never obstructs any peaceful programme, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said law enforcers take necessary steps if anyone intensifies people's sufferings doing