Government shutdown begins

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Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration.

It was a striking display of Washington dysfunction, and the finger-pointing came quickly. Trump tweeted that Democrats “wanted to give me a nice present” to mark the start of his second year in office.

The Republican-controlled Congress scheduled an unusual weekend session to begin considering a three-week version of a short-term spending measure and to broadcast to the people they serve that they were at work as the closure commenced. It seemed likely that each side would push for votes aimed at making the other party look culpable for shuttering federal agencies.

The fourth government shutdown in a quarter century began at the stroke of midnight Friday, last-gasp negotiations crumbling when Senate Democrats blocked a four-week budget extension. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown. (AP)

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<p>A National Park Service ranger holds signs to tape on closed buildings at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site after the federal government shutdown in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Erik S. Lesser/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
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A National Park Service ranger holds signs to tape on closed buildings at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site after the federal government shutdown in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Erik S. Lesser/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Visitors sit at the Lincoln Memorial at sunrise in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. The U.S. government officially entered a partial shutdown early Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
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Visitors sit at the Lincoln Memorial at sunrise in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. The U.S. government officially entered a partial shutdown early Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>A Senate staffer places a sign blaming U.S. President Donald Trump for shutdown of the Federal Government before a news conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
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A Senate staffer places a sign blaming U.S. President Donald Trump for shutdown of the Federal Government before a news conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) </p>
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

<p>A closed sign in front of the Library of Congress as the Senate continues work on ending the government shutdown in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
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A closed sign in front of the Library of Congress as the Senate continues work on ending the government shutdown in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi leads a news conference with House Democrats as lawmakers gather at the Capitol on the first day of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) </p>
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi leads a news conference with House Democrats as lawmakers gather at the Capitol on the first day of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

<p>Democratic House members walk to a caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. The U.S. government officially entered a partial shutdown early Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
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Democratic House members walk to a caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. The U.S. government officially entered a partial shutdown early Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney talks to reporters during a news conference about the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government at the White House, Jan. 20, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney talks to reporters during a news conference about the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government at the White House, Jan. 20, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>Park Ranger Amy Fink carries cones to use in the Bear Lake trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Estes Park, Colo. Despite a government shutdown, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Yosemite National Park in California were open, but few Park Service staff were available to help visitors. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
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Park Ranger Amy Fink carries cones to use in the Bear Lake trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Estes Park, Colo. Despite a government shutdown, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Yosemite National Park in California were open, but few Park Service staff were available to help visitors. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>A sign overs up the ‘Today’s Event’ at Cadet Field House that reads that the Air Force Academy has canceled all athletic events on Saturday Jan. 20, 2018 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP) </p>
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A sign overs up the ‘Today’s Event’ at Cadet Field House that reads that the Air Force Academy has canceled all athletic events on Saturday Jan. 20, 2018 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

<p>A vehicle passes freely into Rocky Mountain National Park past the unmanned collection booths as national parks remain as “accessible as possible” during a government shutdown Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Estes Park, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
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A vehicle passes freely into Rocky Mountain National Park past the unmanned collection booths as national parks remain as “accessible as possible” during a government shutdown Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Estes Park, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>U.S. Capitol is seen shortly after beginning of the government shutdown in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) </p>
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U.S. Capitol is seen shortly after beginning of the government shutdown in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

<p>U.S. Park Police officers stand outside the White House at the first day of government shutdown in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) </p>
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U.S. Park Police officers stand outside the White House at the first day of government shutdown in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

<p>People look toward the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park following a U.S. government shutdown in Manhattan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
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People look toward the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park following a U.S. government shutdown in Manhattan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>Members of the U.S. Park Police place signage near the ferry dock for the Statue of Liberty announcing its closure following a U.S. government shutdown in Manhattan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters) </p>
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Members of the U.S. Park Police place signage near the ferry dock for the Statue of Liberty announcing its closure following a U.S. government shutdown in Manhattan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

<p>A sign is posted at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Fredericksburg, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, advising visitors that some services would be unavailable due to a government shutdown. Reflected in the window is the Sunken Road, the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Fredericskburg in 1862. (Photo: Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP) </p>
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A sign is posted at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Fredericksburg, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, advising visitors that some services would be unavailable due to a government shutdown. Reflected in the window is the Sunken Road, the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Fredericskburg in 1862. (Photo: Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

<p>A United States Park Police officer, center, locks a gate leading to a Statue of Liberty ferry, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. The National Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be closed Saturday “due to a lapse in appropriations.” Late Friday, the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP) </p>
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A United States Park Police officer, center, locks a gate leading to a Statue of Liberty ferry, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. The National Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be closed Saturday “due to a lapse in appropriations.” Late Friday, the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)

<p>The Ohio Clock shows midnight to begin government shutdown outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) </p>
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The Ohio Clock shows midnight to begin government shutdown outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

<p>TV crews set up their lights for a long night reporting on politics on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018, where lawmakers struggle to avoid an impending government shutdown. (Photo: Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images) </p>
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TV crews set up their lights for a long night reporting on politics on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018, where lawmakers struggle to avoid an impending government shutdown. (Photo: Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

<p>An ornate corridor in the Senate is empty on the first day of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) </p>
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An ornate corridor in the Senate is empty on the first day of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

<p>Reporters and members of the media swarm Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as he talks about a possible government shutdown at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) </p>
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Reporters and members of the media swarm Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as he talks about a possible government shutdown at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

<p>With only a day to work out the details and get the votes to avoid a government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to journalists as he arrives back from a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) </p>
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With only a day to work out the details and get the votes to avoid a government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to journalists as he arrives back from a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer arrive at a news conference with Democratic leaders on opposition to government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) </p>
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer arrive at a news conference with Democratic leaders on opposition to government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

<p>Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, is surrounded by members of the media as she talks about a possible government shutdown in front of the West Wing at the White House in Washington on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) </p>
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Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, is surrounded by members of the media as she talks about a possible government shutdown in front of the West Wing at the White House in Washington on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

<p>A United States Capitol Police Officer gives directions outside the United States Capitol Building on the morning of Jan. 19, 2018, as Congress works to pass a spending bill by midnight. Failure to do so would shut down the United States government. (Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP via ZUMA Wire) </p>
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A United States Capitol Police Officer gives directions outside the United States Capitol Building on the morning of Jan. 19, 2018, as Congress works to pass a spending bill by midnight. Failure to do so would shut down the United States government. (Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP via ZUMA Wire)

<p>Workers wait for a commuter bus in front of the Archives building on Pennsylvania Ave. in NW Washington. (Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images) </p>
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Workers wait for a commuter bus in front of the Archives building on Pennsylvania Ave. in NW Washington. (Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

<p>A worker pushes a senate subway car Friday morning as the Senate considers the House passed continuing resolution to fund the government on Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom via ZUMA Press) </p>
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A worker pushes a senate subway car Friday morning as the Senate considers the House passed continuing resolution to fund the government on Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom via ZUMA Press)

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