The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget.

Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes.

It is the first shutdown ever to happen while the same party, the republicans, controls congress and the white house.

In response, the White House accused democrats of holding “lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands”.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans.

But democratic senate leader Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump had turned down two bipartisan compromise deals and “did not press his party in congress”.

The last us shutdown happened in 2013 and lasted for 16 days, during which many federal employees took a forced leave of absence.

Many government offices will close as federal law requires agencies to shut down if congress has not allocated money to fund them.

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