Saturday 20, January 2018
President Donald Trump of the United States of America
Possible Implications of America's Shut Down
Posted by Ambassador T. Brikins
The United States federal government began partial shutdown at midnight Friday after Senate Democrats voted to block a bill over immigration and spending.
A measure to fund the government until the middle of February was passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday. But the Republican-led Senate was unable to sway enough Democrats to vote for the bill that would have kept agencies open.
The shutdown comes after the collapse of bipartisan talks on a US spending bill that hinged on continued protections under the DACA programme for undocumented immigrants, which Democrats support.
It would deliver a "direct and indirect impact" on the US economy, Beth Ann Bovino, a senior economist at financial ratings agency Standard and Poor's (S&P), told Al Jazeera.