US government workers unpaid on third day of shutdown

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From that point, Democrats will enjoy a majority in the House of Representatives. That meeting ended after 30 minutes with no resolution.

What is certain, though, is the government will remain closed at least through Thursday and, according to acting Chief of Staff Nick Mulvaney, into 2019.

Here's the problem. I think Democrats hate Trump so much they want him to lose, even though it would be good for the country to work with him on border security.

The partial government shutdown was triggered Friday at midnight, as funding lapsed for numerous agencies without a deal between the White House and Congress on Trump's request for money to build a U.S. -Mexico border wall.

The House and Senate gaveled in for a brief Christmas Eve session Monday only to close up quickly for the holidays. Shutdowns are unpopular, and politicians typically try to shift the blame for running out of funding to the other party.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), meanwhile, had a more pithy response to Trump's grievances on Twitter.

The US president said border security remained at the centre of discussions after he demanded $5bn (£4bn) to fund the construction of a wall along the US border with Mexico.

Agreeing to spend new money only on bollard-style fencing is a significant concession for the White House because it rules out any of the concrete designs that Mr. Trump forced the Border Patrol to test past year.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said the administration is sitting on most of the money Congress gave Trump past year for border security, excluding a wall. At the end of the government's fiscal year on September 30, Congress needs to pass annual appropriation to fund federal agencies and programs.

A stalemate over the wall led parts of the government to shut down Saturday after funding for numerous departments and agencies expired.

Ending the shutdown - which affects nine of 15 federal departments, dozens of agencies and hundreds of thousands of workers - would also require the support of Pelosi, who's in line to become speaker on January 3.

ASSOCIATED PRESS               Border wall prototypes stand in San Diego near the Mexico US border seen from Tijuana Mexico
ASSOCIATED PRESS Border wall prototypes stand in San Diego near the Mexico US border seen from Tijuana Mexico

Dozens of national parks and monuments were closed. The Securities and Exchange Commission has posted a list of the services it will soon suspend, including the processing of certain business records.

Overall, more than 800,000 federal employees would see their jobs disrupted, including more than half who would be forced to continue working without pay.

About 420,000 or so federal workers who fall under "essential services" - mainly those involved with public safety, such as law enforcement, in-hospital care, and air traffic control - will still work without pay until a spending bill is passed.

Donald Trump attempted to pass wall budget.

We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the USA economy.

"We're still talking", Pence said leaving Schumer's office. Trump campaigned on building a wall, which he'd originally said Mexico would pay for. The Mexican Government has said it would not fund the wall.

Democrats and some Republicans in Congress oppose the plans as impractical, unnecessary and fuelling xenophobia against Central Americans.

Mulvaney countered that "the president's not going to not accept money for a border wall".

"The president wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it", they said.

A few minutes after McConnell spoke, Schumer suggested Trump was the impediment to the government reopening. Like Mattis, the special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS resigned in protest of Trump's decision to pull US troops from Syria. "We arrived at this moment because President Trump has been on a destructive two-week temper tantrum". Far-right commentators, such Ann Coulter, as well as members of the Freedom Caucus, called the president out on his campaign pledge as negotiations were taking place.

"We moved off of the five and we hope they move up from their 1.3", he said Sunday, a day after a senior administration official insisted Congress would have to cave into Trump's spending demand for the shutdown to end. Democrats say a wall is wasteful and ineffective.

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