Trump puts ball in camp of Democrats ‘shutdown’ to go

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In the United States to the Senate for Friday midnight vote on a bill for a temporary budget, which a ‘shutdown’ of the government can be avoided. The proposal was already by the House of Representatives approved, but it is uncertain whether it is also a mood will survive in the Senate, where the Republicans only have one seat to spare.

Thursday, the House of Representatives with 230 votes against 197 a law that the temporary funding of the federal state provides up to 16 February. For a ‘shutdown’ to avoid the law, for midnight – Saturday 06.00 pm (Belgian time) – by 60 of the 100 senators to be approved, while the Republicans in the Senate, only one seat to spare.

In the bill, except a bridging financing of the state until 16 February, is also a continuation of the CHIP (the ziekteverzekeringsprogramma for children, red.) for a period of six years, and the deletion of some of the taxes on Obamacare. With that extra measures were hoping the Republicans the Democrats to win.


The draft law is very sensitive to the Democratic side. The Democrats want in exchange for their support protective measures for the so-called ‘Dreamers’, who run the risk of deportation, unless Trump stricter migratiewetten may enter and a budget of 18 billion dollars for a wall on the Mexican border.

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President Trump laid the responsibility on Friday for the Democrats. “The law surrounding the funding of the government last night by the House of Representatives approved. Now we have the Democrats needed to the law by the Senate to hunt, but they want illegal immigration and weak boundaries. Is there a “shutdown”? We have in 2018 more Republican victories necessary’, tweette he Friday morning (local time).

According to Politico have several Republicans have already declared that they are against the law would vote, because a new temporary funding, the army would harm them. Therefore, it is very difficult to find a qualified majority of 60 votes. If that limit is not exceeded, the Democrats, the law still stop by to filibusteren.

What if…?

If a “shutdown”, and most government services are frozen, outside of those services as ‘essential’ to be considered, such as Homeland Security or the FBI. During a “shutdown” is 40 percent of federal employees on unpaid leave sent, which represents 1 million workers.

According to a study by analysts of S&P Global would be a shutdown of the US 6.5 billion dollars (5.3 billion euros, ed.) per week cost. ‘A freezing of the expenditure of the government means that there are no wages paid, private companies lose revenue, shops less to sell and that there is less tax revenue for Uncle Sam, it sounds in the report. ‘All this means less economic activity and fewer jobs.’

12 times

Since 1981 in the U.S. there was 12 times the existence of a ‘shutdown’. The longest was under president Bill Clinton in 1995 and 1996, which is 21 days. When demanded, the then president of the House, Newt Gingrich, to heavy savings in government programs. The most recent shutdown dates from 2013, when the Republicans without success Obamacare tried to plummet. In 2017 were due to temporary financieringswetten three ‘shutdowns’ avoided.

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