WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday rejected a Republican call for temporarily reopening shuttered US government agencies to encourage negotiations with Democrats over border security issues, as a partial government shutdown limped through its 24th day. About one-quarter of federal government operations have been shut down by a lack of funding since Dec. 22 after Trump demanded $5.7 billion this year from Congress for building a security wall on the southwest US border. Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, have rejected Trump's demand, as have Senate Democrats who are needed to pass most legislation in the chamber even though Republicans have a majority. On Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham urged Trump to reopen the government for a short period of time in an effort to restart talks. It is an idea that Democrats have been urging for weeks. "Well, that was a suggestion that Lindsey made but I did reject it," Trump told reporters as he left the White … [Read more...] about US government shutdown drags into fourth week amid stalemate
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Dec. 11, 2018: In a contentious Oval Office meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Trump vows to shut down the government if he doesn't get funding for his border wall: "I am proud to shut down the government for border security." Dec. 16: On CBS, White House adviser Stephen Miller reiterates the White House is willing to shut down the government for a border wall: STEPHEN MILLER: We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration— MARGARET BRENNAN: And that means a shutdown? STEPHEN MILLER: This is a — this is a very — if it comes to it, absolutely Dec. 19: The Senate passes a stopgap measure to keep the government open until February 8 — without the $5 billion that Trump wants for his border wall — as conservatives criticize the president for not getting his border wall. Dec. 20: After prodding from Trump, the GOP-led House of … [Read more...] about It’s Day 24 of the partial government shutdown. Here’s how we got here.
If the government shutdown doesn’t end by Saturday, it will become the longest in US history. Currently, the longest government shutdown in history took place from 1995 to 1996 under former President Bill Clinton. That shutdown came less than a month after another shutdown in November 1995, and was the result of the same set of budgetary issues. The record ’95-96 shutdown only resulted in 284,000 employees having to miss work, which is less than half of the estimated 800,000 furloughs for the 2018-19 shutdown. Though the two parties were disagreeing about different issues, the 1995-96 shutdown was similar to the 2018-19 impasse in several key ways. The government shutdown that started at midnight on December 22, 2018, is now en route to becoming the longest in US history if Congress doesn’t pass funding bills on Friday. It is unclear when this shutdown will end. President Donald Trump said he won’t budge until the Democrats approve $US5.7 billion for … [Read more...] about The US government shutdown is the longest in US history. Here’s how it compares to the 1995-96 shutdown, widely considered the worst before now.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says it would be easy for him just to declare a national emergency and find federal money to build a barrier along the southern border, but he’s not going to be so quick to do that because he thinks lawmakers can do it. Trump spoke during a discussion Friday at the White House with state, local and community leaders about border security and safe communities. The president says the “easy solution is for me to call a national emergency … but I’m not going to do it so fast.” Trump says, “This is something that Congress can do.” Attendees included state attorneys general, local elected leaders, faith leaders and federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. ___ 2:50 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling President Donald Trump’s threat to use disaster relief money to build a border … [Read more...] about The Latest: Government shutdown set to hit record length
Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 5:54 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 Washington — President Donald Trump and lawmakers continued the standoff over the partial government shutdown Wednesday, as the Democratic-led House prepared to take up individual measures to reopen shuttered federal departments. Trump walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders at the White House, calling it a "total waste of time" because they wouldn't agree to fund the border wall for which he seeks $5.7 billion. "Negotiations are going to continue," Vice President Mike Pence told reporters afterward on Day 19 of the shutdown. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Trump was “insensitive” to the shutdown's impact on 800,000 federal workers who won’t be receiving their paychecks. Republican Rep. Fred Upton of St. Joseph said he would vote with Democrats this week to fund the departments unrelated to border security, though he doesn't expect the … [Read more...] about Dems, GOP dig in as government shutdown drags on