On the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, the federal government shut down at midnight, Jan. 20 after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a compromise to keep the government funded. 

Negotiations came to a screeching halt last night over the ongoing debates over immigration and social programs that could benefit the most vulnerable groups in the country. The shutdown stemmed from Democrats' and Republicans' inability to provide a fix for the Dreamers (DACA) Act that protects undocumented children. Republicans would only budge if Democrats approved funding for Trump's border wall. 

Like the shutdown of 2013, non-essential federal employees will be furloughed, national parks will be closed and tax refund checks will be delayed. 

Political commentator Symone Sanders and others believe the shutdown was caused by the Republicans' plan to defund social programs like the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. With the shutdown, 9 million children will go uncovered. 

The shutdown also affects the military. Many may not get paid. If it extends well beyond Feb. 16, billions of taxpayer dollars could be wasted. The last shutdown cost $2.1 billion. 

So far, this is the 18th government shutdown since 1976 and the first when all branches of government were controlled by one party. While many government employees are furloughed, air traffic controllers, TSA agents and others of the sort are still on the job. And as chaos ensues, the politicians responsible will still get paid.