US trying to break impasse over shutdown

The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on Jan 22, 2018.
The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on Jan 22, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

The United States government shutdown extended into Day 3 yesterday, after lawmakers failed to break an impasse to provide funding to run federal government services.

This is despite a bipartisan effort to negotiate a deal before the work week started yesterday.

Funding for government agencies was cut last Friday at midnight after a row between the Democrats and the Republicans over immigration. The Senate was scheduled to vote at noon yesterday (1am today Singapore time) to reopen the government and provide funding until Feb 8.

Thousands of federal workers faced uncertainty as they waited to be notified about whether they were required to report for work.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2018, with the headline 'US trying to break impasse over shutdown'. Print Edition | Subscribe