USA government shutdown becomes longest in history

USA government shutdown becomes longest in history

"If they can't do it.I will declare a national emergency". "I'm just so frustrated we can't get into a room and hammer it out".

"Stop harming our country and our economy and let's make our best efforts because we all agree we need to invest more in border security", Coons said. The Post-ABC poll pegged the blame on Trump and Republicans at 53 percent to 29 percent on Democrats. Thirteen percent blame both equally. At the center of the funding battle is approximately $5 billion in funding for the border wall the president wants to build. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay.

Republicans, Democrats and the president seemed to be preparing for the prospect that the special counsel's inquiry into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation could further upend a government that's in the midst of the longest shutdown in U.S. history. A group of Republican senators were trying to forge a deal to pair wall funding with legal status for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, often known as Dreamers.

'I'd rather see the Democrats come back from their vacation and act, ' Trump said.

Overall, Democrats appear somewhat more conciliatory than Republicans.

He and his proxies had several sit-downs with Democratic congressional leaders, but "not much headway" has been made, as Trump tweeted after Vice President Mike Pence met with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 5.

"It's time for those centrists to speak up in their own Republican Senate caucus and tell Mitch McConnell, 'The party's over". After Pelosi said she wouldn't provide funding for a border wall even if Trump reopened the government, the president said "bye bye", in his words, and left the room - a signature negotiating tactic for the former real estate developer and reality TV show star.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, the new chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a Trump ally, said he was astonished that law enforcement officials had sought to investigate whether Trump was an agent of the Russians.

Many Republicans doubt that the invocation of a national emergency would help their cause - likely influencing Trump's decision Friday to say he was holding off in order to give Democrats more time to strike a deal.

"As an equal branch of government we have the authority to override the President's veto, if that's what he chooses to do", Manchin said.

Meanwhile, the Democratic-controlled House passed a series of spending bills to reopen shuttered parts of the government over the course of the week, but the legislation does not include any new money for a border wall.

According to the Associated Press, senior White House aide Jared Kushner - Mr Trump's son-in-law - is among those who have cautioned the president against declaring a national emergency. By more than 2-1 (66 per cent to 31 per cent), Americans say they oppose invoking an emergency to build a border wall.

"I tried to see if we could open up the government for a limited period of time to negotiate a deal", Graham said.

If the shutdown continues for several months, as the president has threatened, 38 per cent of Americans say they would consider that a crisis, 41 per cent say it would be a serious problem but not a crisis, and 18 per cent say it would not be a serious problem. In December, a number of Democrats stated that US President Donald Trump Top may face impeachment or jail term if it is proved that he endorsed illegal hush-money payments to women, charges that come amid pressure on Trump over his alleged collusion with Russian Federation ahead of the 2016 US presidential elections.

Trump met with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders at the White House this past week.

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