A government shutdown in the US takes place when Congress cannot pass an appropriation bill or the president does not sign it. There have been 19 government shutdowns in US history. The government has shut down twice this year.
The US government suffered a brief shutdown – the second in less than a month – after a vote on the budget deal negotiated by Republicans and Democrats was delayed in the senate beyond the midnight deadline.
Three days into a government shutdown, the Senate voted to clear the path for funding US institutions through February 8. Democrats had blocked funding, demanding amnesty for migrants brought into the US as children illegally.
Government shutdowns have become part and parcel of US politics, with the Donald Trump situation showing what Americans can expect to happen every six months, Patrick Henningsen, Executive Editor of 21st Century Wire.com, told RT.