Republicans and Democrats blame each other for the US federal shutdown

Lawmakers have returned to Capitol Hill but there's no sign of a deal. The shutdown began at one minute past midnight on Saturday morning, so there has, so far, been minimal impact. But that all changes Monday morning when tens of thousands of non-essential federal employees will be told to stay at home if there's no solution. The last government shutdown occurred back in 2013 when Barack Obama was president. The Republicans took most of the blame then but they hope that, since they now control the White House, as well as the House and Senate, opposition by the Democrats will be viewed as the main reason for the shutdown.

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(Source: CGTN,