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U.S. government shutdown over border wall






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The U.S. government will partially shut down because there is no agreement to find funds for the Mexico border wall. The closures will last until after Christmas. It is the third shutdown this year. Donald Trump promised a "very long" government shutdown if Democrats do not find $5.7 billion for the wall. The wall was one of the President's major election promises. He said: "We are totally prepared for a very long shutdown."

The shutdown affected Mr Trump's holiday plans. He will remain in Washington, D.C. and the First Lady will return from Florida so they can spend Christmas together. Large parts of the country are in gridlock. Many departments have run out of money, including homeland security, law enforcement, tax collection and transportation. About 400,000 government workers will stay at home without pay until there is a deal.

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