We are five days away from a federal government shutdown

Shutting down the government is a self-inflicted and self-defeating move particularly to the side that seizes ownership of

Most employees at the USA space agency NASA would likely be furloughed and might not get paid for that time, although Congress usually grants pay retroactively after a shutdown is over.

A possible partial government shutdown is only a hand full of days away with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a dispute over border security with no resolution in sight. Many say it's up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal. Republicans were saddled with the blame, but most Americans suffered relatively minor inconveniences like closed parks and delays in processing passport applications. Brown said he understands the nervousness of those who rely on a federal paycheck.

Showing no signs of budging, Schumer said Sunday that it was up to Trump to decide whether the federal government will partially shut down, sending thousands of federal employees home without pay during the holidays. The Treasury Department is among agencies that would furlough workers. Brown and others point out that the workers also have a broader impact on the region's economy.

In all, about 75 per cent of discretionary spending for the budget year that began October 1 has already been approved by lawmakers and signed by the president.

Greg Gutfeld and the panel on The Five reacted to the impending partial government shutdown - which is largely tied to whether Democrats and some moderate Republicans will vote to fund the government in exchange for appropriating border wall funds.

An overwhelming majority-54 percent to 29 percent-said they opposed the shutdown that Trump had threatened unless Congress provides $5 billion funding for his wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The judge's decision will likely end up at the Supreme Court now including two of President Trump's judicial appointees: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said there are not enough votes in Congress to pass wall funding, and that it would be up to Trump to repeal his demand. By almost 2-1, Americans would blame Trump and the Republicans, not congressional Democrats.

Social Security benefits still go out, as will Medicare services and benefits from programs such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children for at least as long as some carryover money in the states or the federal accounts are available.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents would still work, and air travel would continue virtually unaffected.

About half the workers would be forced to continue working without immediate pay. There are more than 50,000 TSA employees nationwide.

A view of the "Crested Pool" hot spring in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park in June 2011.

Large swaths of the government already are funded through next September, including the US military and agencies that operate public healthcare, education and veterans' programs.

Despite the president's push to secure our borders, congressional Democrats are only willing to put $1.3 billion towards the issue so far. "We've seen this movie too many times".

Meadows continued, suggesting that if the government does shut down after December 21, he does not "think it would open back up until those discussions happen in earnest on a bipartisan basis" when Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives.

That shutdown came as tea party Republicans tried to block implementation of Obama's signature health care law.

Even though the country faces a much smaller shutdown than the last major one, in 2013, plenty of Americans would take notice.

For his part, Brown said his constituents in Maryland should not be "puppets" in a political drama.

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