Independent topical source of current affairs, opinion and issues, featuring stories making news in Canada from immigrants, newcomers, minorities & ethnic communities' point of view and interests.

Government Shutdown: Shutdown and Quarter Century

government shutdown: Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were already moving toward a next step, trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown, according to CBC. Since the shutdown began at the start of a weekend, many of the immediate effects will be muted for most Americans. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. But any damage could build quickly if the closure is prolonged. Social Security and most other safety net programs are unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority. And it comes with no shortage of embarrassment for the president and political risk for both parties, as they wager that voters will punish the other at the ballot box in November. ( As reported in the news.