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White House Voicemail: Government Closed Because Democrats Holding Military Funding ‘Hostage’ over ‘Immigration Debate’

The White House changed its voicemail message to blame congressional Democrats for failing to pass a budget over partisan squabbles on immigration.

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“Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding—including funding for our troops and other national security priorities—hostage to an unrelated immigration debate,” the recording says.
The message, which was recorded for the White House’s public comment line, said calls could not be answered because of the “obstruction” from Democrats.

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“Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down,” the recording continued.
The message ended by informing callers that they can leave comments for President Trump on the White House website contact page until the government reopens.
During a government shutdown, all non-essential services, including the National Park Service and museums, cease to operate.
“Essential” operations, such as the military, the post office, and federally-run medical centers remain open—although many employees will not receive immediate payment while the government is closed.


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