The Senate failed to reach a government funding deal by Friday’s midnight deadline, leading to the first government shutdown since 2013. Despite enjoying a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for the shutdown.

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The US government shut down on Friday at midnight after the Senate failed to pass a bill to extend the government funding until February 16.

The bill, which needed at least 60 votes to pass, received only 50 after most Democrats opposed it. Republicans and Democrats failed to resolve an ongoing dispute over immigration and border security.

Due to the shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be put on temporary unpaid leave and many federal agencies are unable to operate.

US President Donald Trump, who has a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, blamed the Democrats for the shutdown. “Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” the White House said in a statement.