US Government goes into shutdown as Senate fails to pass new budget

As of 00:01 on 20th January 2018  the United States government has officially shut down after the Senate failed to pass a bill funding the government operations. On Friday night, the Republicans’ effort to keep the government open for one more month was rendered unsuccessful after the bill was rejected by a deficit of 60 votes. This happened amidst failure of the two houses to reach a consensus regarding the young illegal migrants known as dreamers.

Federal law requires agencies to shut down in the eventuality of the Congress failing to allocate money for its functioning, forcing hundreds of “non-essential” federal employees to go on a temporary unpaid leave.  Barring essential services such as national security, postal services, air traffic control, inpatient medical services, emergency outpatient medicine, disaster assistance, prisons, taxation and electricity generation, most of the federal agencies are no longer functional.

The shutdown coincides with the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s Presidency. While he took to Twitter accusing Democrats of putting politics above the interests of the American people, Chuck Schumer, the leading Senate Democrat, blamed the president of turning down two bipartisan compromise deals and added that “a Trump shutdown will serve as a perfect encapsulation for the chaos he has unleashed”.

This is the first shutdown to happen in the history of the country while both the White House and the Congress is under the control of the same party. The last one was in 2013 and lasted for 16 days.

Sources – The Guardian, BBC

Hillary Clinton Formally Accepts Presidential Nomination

Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to accept a major party’s presidential nomination on Thursday July 28, 2016 while addressing Americans in a speech, calling them to unite.

Clinton criticized Republican rival Donald Trump, calling his promises empty.  She mentioned the business tycoon more than twenty times portraying him as a failed businessman, who lacked national security credentials.

The former Secretary of State emphasized on Trump’s derogatory statements in which he called for banning entry of Muslims in the United States, accused a Mexican judge of bias and called Mexican immigrants rapists among others.

Speaking about terrorist attacks in America and abroad, she mentioned the need to defeat determined enemies – and called for steady leadership which anxious people were looking for.

She also spoke about domestic proposals that she made during her successful primary campaign. These include agendas ranging from increased college assistance to higher minimum wages, and equal pay for women.

The Democratic nominee referred to her 1996 book “It takes a Village” while promoting the theme of her campaign – “Stronger Together”.

Trump retaliated by calling her “Crooked Hillary” and said that her election as president meant a third term for the Obama administration. He further said that Clinton and the Democrats live in a “fantasy world” that ignored the threat of Islamic State terrorism, porous borders with Mexico and millions of unemployed Americans.