USA shutdown could extend into new year, says official

USA shutdown could extend into new year, says official

Democrats will take control of the House on January 3, giving them greater leverage in the shutdown talks.

Due to the shutdown - in which several key U.S. agencies ceased operations at 12.01am on Saturday - Mr Trump said he would remain in Washington over Christmas instead of going to Florida.

Senior administration officials put the onus on Senate Democrats to put forth options that include US$5 billion for Trump's promised border wall, saying it was a must for any deal.

In the absence of a deal, federal funds for dozens of agencies lapsed on Saturday, leaving some 400,000 federal workers on furlough.

Asked why Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin left Washington, spokesman Mike Ricci said by email the House will pass a plan that can get through the Senate and that the president agrees to sign.

Clymer says on the page that "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".

"The ball is in the Senate's court", acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said.

Some national parks have shuttered completely, but New York´s governor provided funding to keep the Statue of Liberty open.

For Donald Trump, a Christmas holiday government shutdown means more time to tweet.

People walk up the steps of the National Archives

The effects of the partial shutdown will be felt more broadly on Thursday, the first day the federal workforce is expected to return.

The National Park Service tweeted that the tree would remain unlit and closed to the public "until further notice", with checks being made for damage following an attempt by an intruder on Friday to climb the tree.

However, there have been no agreements on a bill or funding measures surrounding the border wall, which Republicans have been pushing for.

With lawmakers like Meadows and prominent conservative commentators demanding that the president stick to his campaign promises, Trump would not budge on his wall.

More than 400,000 federal employees are reporting to their jobs on Monday but won't get their salaries, while almost 400,000 others "will be locked out of work with no pay", the American Federation of Government Employees union said. Others deemed essential, including Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers during the holiday crush, are working unpaid.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Trump and the Democrats need to resolve the dispute over boarder funding before he brings up legislation to end the shutdown in the Senate. Prosecutors in NY said that Trump directed Cohen to make payments shortly before the 2016 election to two women who claimed they'd had affairs with Trump, in violation of campaign finance laws. Absent from the guest list were GOP leaders.

Senator David Perdue, a Republican from Georgia on the Senate Banking Committee, said on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures that he thought a deal this week was possible.

"They don't have a feel for the Market, they don't understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders", the president tweeted, placing blame rather than taking responsibility.

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