US federal agencies had to cease their operations after Congress failed to pass a bipartisan budget deal. This is the second time within three weeks that US government agencies had to put their work on hold as a result of the disagreement over the budget deal. On January 18, the funding proposal to avert a government shutdown failed in the Senate.
Twitter users have rushed to comment on the second US government shutdown, with many commenting on a move by Republican Senator Rand Paul, who demanded a vote on an amendment to the spending bill that would keep caps on federal spending, which is expected to rise by a total of $300 billion over two years.
Good for @RandPaul for standing up for conservative fiscal principles. Lots of discretionary spending is wasteful & should be cut.— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) 9 февраля 2018 г.
But, that's not the reason for our debt & deficits. Entitlement spending is the real fight worth a shut-down.
All else is mice-nuts in comparison
So, @RandPaul shut down the government because he's now worried about deficits? WHAT?— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) 9 февраля 2018 г.
This is the same guy that voted with EVERY other Republican for the #GOPTaxScam that transferred BILLIONS to the top and drove TRILLIONS in deficits and debt (After Obama cut deficits by 2/3) pic.twitter.com/qpytNqDZ2u
Rand Paul Shutdown the Government over Deficits.... Hypocritically Forgetting he Voted for the #GOPTaxScam which Increases the Federal Deficit by $1.5 Trillion 🙄🙄— Rey. (@1Jedi_Rey) 9 февраля 2018 г.
This is the 🔥2nd Shutdown🔥 in under a Month@GOP & @realDonaldTrump own This#GOPShutdown #TrumpShutdown pic.twitter.com/YlIeDAe8S0
This is Paul Ryan’s shutdown. Period.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) 9 февраля 2018 г.
He doesn’t have a clean majority because he can’t whip the votes.
That’s his problem.
If he wants to end this, he will have to publicly promise a proper DACA vote.
Until then, stay strong Democrats. Not your fault the GOP can’t govern.
And I mean - Rand Paul is the one who makes a credible argument for the shutdown??? There isn't one Dem who can speak in politico, wrap themselves in the flag, and make a decent case for the Dreamers? pic.twitter.com/ltC6oY8msd— Vluut Inclusive Games (@VluutGames) 9 февраля 2018 г.
Many Netizens have criticized the Republicans and the US president over the second shutdown since Donald Trump had assumed office.
Second shutdown from the GOP-controlled Congress in the first few days of year two of the Trump Presidency, truly historic. #GOPShutdown— Gabe #DreamActNow Ortíz (@TUSK81) 9 февраля 2018 г.
Donald Trump’s day so far:— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) 9 февраля 2018 г.
- Government is shut down again
- Late night Twitter meltdown
- Deranged attack on Mark Warner
- Rob Porter mess gets even worse
- Trump tricked Hope Hicks
- Stock market plunges again
- Trump’s presidency is in hospice
- It’s still only midnight
The U.S. government shut down is NOW!— Oregon I.T. not IT ⚾ (@OregonJOBS2) 9 февраля 2018 г.
Congrats on a Second shutdown Republicans in less than 30 days!
The Republicans have shut down the government again.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) 9 февраля 2018 г.
Weak ineffectual POTUS suffers second government shutdown in first term. Where's the leadership? SAD!— Angry WH Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) 9 февраля 2018 г.
Welp, it's official. We have another clown shutdown on our hands 🤡🤡#ClownShutdown #ClownShutdown #ClownShutdown #ClownShutdown #ClownShutdown #ClownShutdown #ClownShutdown #ClownShutdown pic.twitter.com/rEhuZ3xw5G— Treason Memes (@treasonstickers) 9 февраля 2018 г.
It's official: the federal government shut down. A reminder that the last shutdown, which only lasted for 1 working day, cost $325 million.— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) 9 февраля 2018 г.
Some have pointed to the different media coverage by US media outlets.
CNN: “Second shutdown of the Trump era!”— shauna (@goldengateblond) 9 февраля 2018 г.
MSNBC: “Second shutdown of the Trump era!”
FOX: "President Hillary did emails!” pic.twitter.com/ZkgNBEukQZ
The government just shut down and Fox News is rerunning Hannity. What a joke.— Greg Sarafan 🌐⚖🗽Esq. (@GSarafan) 9 февраля 2018 г.
Other Twitter users, however, seemed to find the fun side in the development.
Remember when the Goverment shut down twice in a month because Obama wouldn’t budge on policy? pic.twitter.com/tkrt1BTK3r— My Halo Broke 🌈🇪🇺 (@AB_Owl) 9 февраля 2018 г.
Final word:.— Rico 81💯✊🏾✊🏾 (@reesetheone1) 9 февраля 2018 г.
According to Rebecca Berg, house democrats are OBLIGATED to open up the government the Gop just shut down 2 hours ago? pic.twitter.com/8Gt16grFP8
The government is shut down. pic.twitter.com/vnQMnhEUm5— NeverEnding Fury (@BasedinPA) 9 февраля 2018 г.
OH NO THE GOVERNMENT HAS SHUT DOWN AGAIN MILLIONS WILL DIE*— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) 9 февраля 2018 г.
*No they won't
The U.S. Federal government has just shut down...— MIRAGE (@Mirage_Intl) 9 февраля 2018 г.
I'm going to go jay-walk across the street and then loiter someplace. 😎👌🇺🇸#Shutdown
Those in favour of Facebook to be shut down raise your hand pic.twitter.com/1GbnHi62MF— AB (@Pabl0_k) 9 февраля 2018 г.
The Senate runs out the clock and we're headed & pushes us into shutdown 2.0 pic.twitter.com/QibORBuUyz— FM Hansen (@fmhansen) 9 февраля 2018 г.