CONGRESS/GOP/GOVERNMENT/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal government shutdowns are not new to Washington, but it’s unusual for them to happen when one party controls the White House and Congress. That’s what’s occurred under the Republican Trump administration – and it’s happened three times during his nearly two years in office. No other previous administration since the Budget Act of 1974, which started the modern budget process, has overseen a government shutdown that included federal employees being furloughed all while being in power on Capitol Hill and on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The latest shutdown went into effect midnight Friday after the House and Senate failed to reach a compromise on a short-term funding plan to keep the government running through early next year. The key stumbling block: Senate Democrats opposed President Donald Trump’s $5.7 billion request for building a wall on the southern border.”

Christal Hayes, “Government shutdowns are rare when one party controls White House, Congress. President Trump is on his third.,” USA Today, December 21, 2018 10:52 pm