Today, 20 January 2018, marks the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the president of the United States and the beginning of the very first US government shutdown with the same party in control of both the Presidency and Congress.
The shutdown became inevitable after a bill to fund the federal government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes amid a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.
The impasse will affect hundreds of thousands of federal workers, and the recriminations have already begun.
The White House accused Democrats of “[putting] politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans”.
But the leading Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, said President Trump had turned down two bipartisan compromise deals and “did not press his party in Congress”.
The last government shutdown was in 2013, and lasted for 16 days.