US govt partially shuts down in dispute over Border Wall funding

The US federal government began a Christmas time partial shutdown on Saturday, after Congress failed to resolve differences over $5 billion in spending for President Donald Trump’s border wall On Friday, the Senate failed to reach a compromise over a House-passed bill and decided to adjourn.

Essential services such as retirement payments, air traffic control and airport security will continue to be funded while every essential agency and department such as the US military – will remain open, according to government officials.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Office will also be able to continue working, CNN said citing a Justice Department official. The federal government previously closed twice this year with minimal impact. A three-day shutdown in January took place over a weekend and a February closure only lasted for a day. All three shutdowns this year involved disputes over immigrati

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