The United States was left on Friday on the verge of a federal government closing for lack of money, after the failure of an attempt in the Senate to approve a provisional budget of four weeks.
The Republican Party needed 60 votes out of 100 to approve a one-month extension in last year’s budget, in order to allow negotiations for a final annual plan, but did not get enough support.
With this failure, the government was left with just over an hour (until 05.00 GMT) to find a way out of the crisis.
This painting leaves President Donald Trump before the prospect of a heavy political defeat.
In the event that an agreement is not reached by midnight, in the first minute of Saturday the government must cease operations of federal departments and offices considered non-essential, just on the day on which the exact year of Trump’s inauguration is fulfilled.
On Friday afternoon, Trump personally took over the reins of the negotiations and met urgently in the White House with the Democratic Party leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, for a last-minute effort.
In the Twitter network, Trump said he had an “excellent preliminary meeting” with Schumer, in which both “worked in search of solutions for security and for our military.”
However, shortly after he returned to Twitter to admit that the prospect of reaching a political agreement in the Senate that prevents the government from closing “does not look good”.
“It does not look good for our military and our security, ” Trump said in a Twitter message in which he accused the Democrats of wanting “the government’s closure to diminish the success of our tax reduction law.”
Trump issued the tweet at a time when the Senate is preparing an emergency vote at 10:00 pm local time to try to approve an extension of last year’s budget for another four weeks.
In case it is not possible to reach an agreement, at midnight this Friday the government will be forced to close non-essential federal departments and offices until Congress approves a budget.
The Republican Party has a majority of 51 votes out of 100 in the upper house, although to seal an agreement 60 votes are needed, so that the democratic opposition has a central role in the outcome of the crisis.
However, at nightfall, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders told reporters that Republicans “do not have 60 votes.”
On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump met urgently in the White House with the leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, for a last-minute effort.