Indonesia remains stable despite US shutdown: VP

Jakarta : Indonesia will remain stable despite the US government shutdown of public services, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Tuesday.

"Despite the shutdown in US for two to three days, the move will not influence our country," Kalla stated during a press conference at Vice President Office in Jakarta.

Kalla noted that not all Republicans appeared to back the US President Donald Trumps plans.

"(The shutdown) may indicate a dissonance between the US government and the Congress, as Republican members seem to stand on a different track with the (US) president. However, the debate is over now," Kalla remarked.

In US politics, the government may shut down all public services when the Congress and the president fail to reach agreement on the state budgeting.

Since last Friday (Jan 19), the US government went into a partial shutdown, after the emergency fund bill proposed by the Republicans failed to earn 60 votes in order to be approved by the Senate.

The Democrats have boycotted the bill, because the government could not give any assurance that it would not deport more than 700 thousands undocumented young immigrants, who entered US in their childhood.

Earlier on Tuesday, the US president had reportedly agreed to sign the Stopgap Bill that would end the shutdown.

Meanwhile, on a different occasion on Tuesday, the Indonesian Central Bank Governor, Agus Martowardojo, at the Finance Ministry in Jakarta, remarked that the US shutdown may slightly affect the economic sector in Indonesia.

However, he believes that not all public services in the US would stop operating despite the government announcing a shutdown next week.

"Only institutions at the federal level would stop operating, while the rest would work normally," he stated. It was the ninth shutdown implemented by the US government.

Following the days of shutdown, the US House passed a short-term spending bill to reopen the public services in the country, and the similar move has been followed by the Senate.

As cited from the New York Times, the US Senate on Monday agreed to fund the government, in exchange for a promise from Republican leaders to not deport the "Dreamers," a group of young undocumented immigrants.

"I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders, and insurance for vulnerable children. As I have always said, once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country," the White House stated, as cited from the New York Times. ***2***

Source: ANTARA News

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