By Ivan Maltsev
The threat of a shutdown of the U.S. federal government has become even clearer, as lawmakers did not come to an agreement on the budget two days before the end of funding.
Congress has until the end of Friday to adopt a new budget to avoid a sudden termination of most of the so-called non-essential operations of the government, because of which thousands of workers will be sent on leave without pay.
The spending powers of various administrative agencies, national parks, museums, and dozens of other services will end at midnight on Friday.
The government shutdown in the winter of 2018-2019, which lasted about five weeks, becoming the longest in U.S. history, even affected airport security services.
Despite deep partisan divisions, most lawmakers, both Republicans, and Democrats, hope to avoid this scenario, which could cause chaos in the run-up to the holidays.
However, several Republicans, many of whom are supporters of former President Donald Trump, refuse to agree on a budget, because, according to them, it will promote mandatory vaccination, which is required by President Joe Biden.