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Basketball games cancelled due to government shutdown

The Fresno State men’s and women’s basketball games were cancelled over the weekend due to the government shutdown.

The men’s basketball team was set to play at Clune Arena against the Air Force Falcons on Saturday at 1 p.m. The women were also scheduled to play Air Force at the Save Mart Center Saturday at 2 p.m.

But on Saturday morning, the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Twitter page stated that “All Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been canceled until further notice.”

The Academy said that if a budget deal was reached in Congress, it would work to reschedule its missed events. “We regret any inconvenience,” the Academy said.

According to CBS news, the U.S. Senate was unable to pass a short-term spending bill last Friday night, leading to a government shutdown on President Donald Trump’s one-year anniversary as president.

The GOP-controlled Senate and White House were discussing issues regarding how long a government funding bill should last and what it should include, what to include in a bill to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and improve border security as well as the Children’s Health and Insurance Program.  

But the republicans were unable to secure the 60 votes they needed to pass the bill. The White House blamed Democrats for the government shutting down, citing the party’s refusal to accept a deal that did not include a solution on immigration.

“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.