The U.S. government shut down non-essential operations for the third time this year at midnight Friday after President Trump failed to win approval from the Republican controlled congress for more than $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico.
The shutdown came after the U.S. Senate and House both adjourned Friday evening without reaching a deal on spending.
Some 800,000 federal employees will go without pay during the holiday season as a result of the stalemate.
A week ago Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, he would happily take responsibility for shutting down the government over the border wall issue.
However, Trump backtracked Friday, seeking to blame Democrats for the impasse. While campaigning for president, Trump claimed the wall would be paid for by Mexico.
The government saw two shutdowns in February.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.