Hollywood Blames Trump for Government Shutdown: 'Hopelessly Out of His Depth'

President Donald Trump and Democrat Conor Lamb

A last-ditch battle to avert a looming United States government shutdown moved to the Senate on Friday, where Democrats angered by the collapse of immigration talks have vowed to block a stop-gap funding bill.

In a late-night vote, opposition Democrats in the Senate joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running for another four weeks.

As almost all Democrats and some Republicans opposed the measure, the government shut down at midnight.

Furthermore, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House would not negotiate on immigration while the shutdown was ongoing. She said there would be no negotiation on the status of unlawful immigrants "while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands".

The White House on Friday confirmed that President Donald Trump cancelled his trip to Florida and met Senator Schumer in order to secure a deal to avoid government shutdown.

It was unclear which way the vote would go as the midnight deadline approached, with Republicans and Democrats split on key issues.

Republicans in Congress passed stop-gap funding legislation on Thursday but their colleagues in the Senate needed support from 10 Democrats to pass it there. Most cited the fact that the measure did not include a permanent solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program. It would also deal a blow to the president, who marks one year in office on Saturday.

The Government has been operating on a third temporary funding measure since the new fiscal year began in October.

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Many thousands of federal workers will not report for work on Monday morning if the impasse is not solved.

"We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements", Schumer told reporters after leaving the meeting.

Senators blocked a bill to extend federal funding until 16 February despite huddled behind-the-scenes negotiations between leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell.

"They're in charge", Schumer said yesterday as he entered his Capitol office.

Law enforcement efforts, airport security, air traffic control, military operations and other tasks classified "essential" would proceed as normal, but federal employees would not be paid during the shutdown even if they work.

Without some type of funding bill, the U.S. government technically ran out of money at midnight on Friday (5am Saturday UK time). "But if Mr. Schumer insists on it, he is in a position to force this on the American people".

The short-term spending bill was set to keep USA government open through February 16, while prolonging the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

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