Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says the partial government shutdown is "inflicting needless uncertainty on our country" and he is blaming it on Senate Democrats. He said that the Democrats are holding the government hostage to win protections for younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Democrats, on the other hand, are blaming the shutdown on Republicans, who control Congress and the White House.
On the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate. Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending on Saturday. Critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. But if no deal is reached before Monday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed.
lorida Gov. Rick Scott attended the Florida National Guard deployment ceremony of the 260th Military Intelligence Battalion at the Florida National Guard Robert A. Ballard Armory in Miami on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.
Commuters and others in Bradenton woke up to find a heavy blanket of fog across the area, limiting visibility and slowing the drive to work, school and other destinations. This video was shot along the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton. Jan. 22, 2018.
After the recent cold weather, nothing hit the spot Sunday like a couple hours on the beach on Bean Point, Anna Maria Island. Bean Point is on the north end of AMI, at the entrance to Tampa Bay. AMI is on the Gulf Coast of Florida, near Bradenton, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters after a bipartisan meeting of senators on Jan. 21 that he would vote to approve a three-week stopgap spending bill after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised to move on immigration and other legislative issues in early February. He also pointed to White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller as being one of the obstacles in preventing a bipartisan agreement on immigration.