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Breaking: Senate vote fails to pass GOP spending bill, government will shut down

Republicans were unable to prevent a government shutdown Friday when a vote in the Senate fell short of the 60 required to keep the government funded. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

The Republican bill for a continuing resolution on spending failed to pass the Senate Friday, meaning the government will shut down on midnight.

Trump turns to Twitter

Trump tweeted before the vote, acknowledging the uphill battle to passage, but blaming Democrats.

"Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy," he tweeted.

Republicans revolt

Several Republicans voted no on the bill, meaning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) failed to keep his caucus cohesive on a bill that was very important to the president.

A poll showed that most Americans did not believe that it was more important to have former President Obama's DACA amnesty preserved than it was to keep the government funded. Some Democrats were threatening to vote against the GOP bill because there was no provision to save the controversial amnesty program.

Senator Lankford (R-Okla.) complained to Laura Ingraham on Fox News about the media coverage of the shutdown, saying, ""When Republicans were in the minority, they were blamed for the shutdown. When Democrats are the minority, Republicans are blamed for the shutdown."

"It's not healthy, it's not good for us," added Lankford.

The official shutdown of funding for the government will commence on midnight Eastern standard time.

Here's a video from the Washington Post on what a government shutdown means:

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