The federal government was shut down because not enough Senate Democrats voted in favor of the spending bill. Sixty votes were needed, and Republicans only have a 51-49 majority.
These facts matter.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on Friday that some members of the legacy media had headlines blaming Democrats. Even the left-wing New York Times had a headline that declared: “Senate Democrat Block Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight, Shutdown Looms.” The Associated Press, often criticized by right-wing talk show hosts of having left-wing bias, had a headline originally titled “Senate Democrats derail bill to avert shutdown.”
Leaders of both parties have not stopped talking through their differences. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney claimed that there was a “really good chance” the shutdown issue would be resolved before the weekend concludes.