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Lawmakers Scramble to Reach Deal on Third Day of Government Shutdown

HeadlineJan 22, 2018
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Lawmakers are on Capitol Hill today amid the third day of a partial government shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of so-called non-essential government workers are furloughed, meaning they are barred from working and won’t be paid during the shutdown. The two agencies hardest hit by the government shutdown are HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency. The government shut down at midnight on Friday night after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal. At the heart of the showdown is President Trump and the Republicans’ failure to compromise on a plan for the 800,000 young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers. Trump rescinded DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, last year. Democrats have refused so far to agree to a budget deal that doesn’t include a resolution on DACA. The Senate is slated to vote today at noon on a resolution that would fund the government for the next three weeks.

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