White House, congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

White House, congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

White House, congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

After weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the USA government shut down on Saturday, affecting about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce and other agencies.

"No matter what happens today in the Senate, Republican House Members should be very proud of themselves", he wrote on Twitter. It was the first day that would have been a normal workday for most affected employees. Roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and are working unpaid, while an additional 380,000 have been furloughed.

"Indeed, many DC residents, businesses including restaurants and hotels, and federal contractors will suffer severe impacts if the shutdown continues indefinitely", said Bowser. He told CNN, "If they believe that this president is going to yield on this particular issue, they're misreading him".

Roberts said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, and other Democrats need to come up with an "appropriate number" and language for border security funding that Trump will sign. "The president and his team stayed in Washington over Christmas hoping to negotiate a deal that would stop the unsafe crisis on the border, protect American communities and reopen the government", Sanders said. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to kill the legislation on arrival in the Senate, and consequently, a government shutdown has been in effect since funding expired December 21. Congressional Democrats have rejected that figure and made counter-offers for border security of as much as $1.6 billion. At Trump's urging, the House approved that package and inserted the $5.7 billion he had requested. That jump-started negotiations between Congress and the White House, but the deadline came and went without a deal.

How is the shutdown playing out? Trump is still there, though White House senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump left for the holiday. About half of them are still going to work while the rest are furloughed.

The Capitol building in Washington at sunset on the third day of the government shutdown Dec. 24 2018. Federal workers are using the hashtag #ShutdownStories on Twitter to express their concerns about the shutdown. XNYT172
More on the story White House congressional Democrats see no deal to end shutdown

The departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce and other agencies, shut down "non-essential" operations on Saturday after a tentative funding deal collapsed over Trump's renewed insistence that wall funding be provided.

About 80 percent of National Parks employees will be sent home, and parks could close - although some may stay open with limited staff and facilities.

In recent decades, GOP has been the party aggressively pushing for government shutdowns. State highway workers were sent to the area Monday to erect "no parking" signs along USA 70 outside the monument.

The shutdown was triggered by Trump's demand, largely opposed by Democrats and some lawmakers from his own Republican Party, that taxpayers provide him with $5 billion to help pay for a wall that he wants to build along the U.S. -Mexico border. Many workers have gone to social media with stories of the financial hardship they expect to face because of the shutdown. Most disturbingly is the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, who for many was the only hope for stability in the turbulence around Trump. The president's observation that federal workers are more Democratic than Republican serves no argumentative objective; it is, ostensibly, a mere expression of exasperation at his rivals' perseverance (one reminiscent of another infamous spoiler of the Christmas season).

"Most view this as an act of ineptitude", he said.

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