Federal government shuts down as sides stay apart on stopgap; Arkansas began preparing last month, official says

Posted: January 20, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer returns to Capitol Hill on Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in a failed attempt to reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown.

WASHINGTON -- The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate chamber Friday after warning that the Senate was “just hours away” from a government shutdown...

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