“The state will not close, it is impossible,” said Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Majority Leader.
As has happened in recent years, the federal state has secured finances by Friday evening. The employees, who are not determined to be critical, will have to stay at home if Congress does not adopt a new funding law before that date. The last time was the situation in 2013 because of a strong opposition between Republicans and former President Barack Obama.
To avoid a crisis, the House of Representatives and the Senate want this week to pass a federal state funding bill by December 22, which would give the congressmen another two weeks to negotiate on the content of the law on securing finance for the rest of the the budget 2018 or September 30, 2018.
However, questioning remains the position of the Democrats. They have a blocking minority in the Senate and intend to use this mechanism to get concessions from the majority.
Among the conflicting topics is the regulation of the situation of the hundreds of thousands of illegal people who have arrived in their youth or as children in the United States. These are the so-called “dreamers”. Under Obama’s rule, they were protected from expulsion, thanks to the special DACA status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Donald Trump canceled this program in September, but gave a six-month delay to those who had benefited from it, postponing Congress until March to endorse the rules by law.