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White House Changes Public Voicemail to Blame Democrats for Holding Government 'Hostage'

23 January 2018

Unfortunately, we can not answer your call today, because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate.

Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday, and has not been renewed amid a dispute between President Donald Trump and Democrats over the issue of immigration.

On Saturday, the White House released a handful of images of the president working during the government shutdown; what happened next probably won't surprise you.

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"Due to this obstruction", the operator continues, "the government is shut down".

The White House phone line for submitting comments to the president has been set to play a message that blasts Democrats for not making a deal that would keep the government funded and running. In the meantime, you can leave a comment at http://www.whitehouse.gov, forward-slash contact.

Democrats had initially rejected a stopgap measure and demanded that a funding bill include assurances to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that benefits hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers, immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

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"We'll be right back at this tomorrow and for as long as it takes" for Democrats to vote for legislation that would reopen the government, McConnell said.

On Sunday, Sanders tweeted, "Democrats can shut down the government, but not the booming Trump economy, millions of new jobs, low unemployment for women, blacks & hispanics, tax cuts for families and businesses, ObamaCare individual mandate repeal, or winning campaign to defeat ISIS".

"Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border". The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. "It's the little things that remind you democracy is slipping away".

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In a late-night vote, Senate Democrats joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running until mid-February. Meanwhile, others said that the blame should be on the Republicans instead.

White House Changes Public Voicemail to Blame Democrats for Holding Government 'Hostage'