The US government is now officially shut down for the first time since 2013. Senate has failed to reach a spending agreement (funds needed to continue) after a 50-49 vote to set a new limit. Although the majority were in favor, this particular bill needs a majority of 60.
Almost immediately, blame started being laid down. The Democrats blame Trump, the RINOs blam everyone who isn't them, and Trump blames Dem obstructionists. What is most noticeable are the Republicans who voted against the funding going through.
Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Jeff Flake all voted no, with John McCain choosing not to vote.
But what does this actually mean for the country? Is it an epic disaster that will leave people hungry in the streets? Well, no, actually.
The last shutdown lasted 16 days and had very little real impact. Essential services will remain in place (such as the military), and other services will not be too badly impacted. The longest shutdown in history was over 20 days, but had little long-term impact.
The reality here is that the Democrats and Never Trumpers are determined to make the president look as bad as possible for as long as possible, and they are not afraid to hurt the country to get that. In fact, they would rather the country was suffering because then they blame Trump for that, too!