The US government partially suspended its work from December 22

Senate of the United States Congress concluded its meeting on Friday, without voting on the draft resolution on the next temporary extension of the government until February 8, 2019, making it inevitable to partially suspend the work of a number of Federal agencies from midnight on December 22 local time (08:00 GMT Saturday). The meeting was broadcast on the website of the upper chamber of the legislative body of the country. 

Earlier, the House of Representatives also closed its meeting. Both chambers can now meet only on Saturday afternoon (8:00 pm Saturday). In the meantime, a compromise between the two chambers of Congress and the US President expires at midnight from Friday to Saturday local time. Since the budget resolution was not adopted, starting from Saturday, some departments will close. 

The resolution, which was considered by the Senate on Friday, was passed by the House of Representatives on the eve, including expenses of $ 5.7 billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico, insisted by US President Donald Trump. At that time, 217 congressmen expressed their support for the resolution, 185 opposed it. However, Democrats in the Senate warned that they had enough votes to block any resolution that provided funding for the wall on such a large scale. No compromise was reached on this day. 

It was necessary to approve it by the end of the day on December 21. About a quarter of the federal government, in particular, the State Department, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Trade, and the Department of Homeland Security will now remain without funding. For other government agencies, Congress had previously approved the allocation of funds until the end of September 2019.

Tom Tompson
d3umka@yahoo.com

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