Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

No signs of a deal to end partial government shutdown

No signs of a deal to end partial government shutdown

Some within Trump's own Republican Party have suggested the shutdown is an act of bravado. "This is about 800,000 real people with real families and real bills to pay".

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is prepared to wait as long as it takes to get $5 billion from taxpayers for his U.S. -Mexico border wall, a demand that has triggered a partial shutdown of the federal government that is now in its fifth day.

He promised to keep fighting for wall funding. "It's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it".

"I can't tell you when the government's going to be open".

December 25 marks the fourth day of the latest government shutdown, sparked by a row between Republicans and Democrats over funding for Trump's southern border wall. We're gonna have safety. He told CNN, "I don't know that there's a lot of progress that has been made today". "If this is the hill that the president is going to die on politically, he's in for a rough ride".

The impasse over government funding began last week, when the Senate approved a bipartisan deal keeping government open into February.

Erwin admits that while the employees they represent might have a range of opinions about Trump's proposed border wall, there appears to be unanimity that the government should not be shut down because of it.

But Republicans in the Senate lacked the 60 votes needed to force the measure with the wall funding through their chamber.

It's believed that offer from the White House was rejected.

"I'll call it whatever they want, but it's all the same thing."
Chuck Schumer and House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi, aren't backing down.

"Nancy Pelosi is calling the shots, not Chuck", Trump said, referring to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

The shutdown has been playing out against the backdrop of turmoil in the stock market, which is having a roller-coaster week.

Congress helped trigger a partial government shutdown after a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government expired Saturday at midnight.

The government shutdown doesn't mean an extended Christmas break for about 400,000 federal employees deemed essential.

Barrett and Snyder are just two of the roughly 420,000 federal employees who will work without pay as the shutdown continues through this week.

Those being furloughed include 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service and almost everyone at NASA. Most heavily affected are the Commerce Department, Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the Interior Department, the State Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Many federal workers are also reporting for work not knowing if they will be paid.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY suggested that the president's insistence on a wall IS little more than an attempt to mollify his political base.

"It's a disgrace what's happening in our country".

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