Congress to face same question: When will shutdown end?

Congress to face same question: When will shutdown end?

Press reports indicate that budget officials are planning for a shutdown that extends to the end of February, and Trump's argument for the border wall and a possible state of emergency to provide legal means to reprogram existing funds for barrier construction on the border, could form part of the State of the Union address scheduled for January 29. With nine Cabinet agencies and other offices now shuttered for more than three weeks, Trump on Monday wrote that "Nancy and Cryin' Chuck can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes", referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY.

"I'm not interested. I want to get it [the border wall and spending issue] solved".

Some Republicans on Sunday called for Trump to continue negotiating with Democrats rather than seek to declare a national emergency. The poll finds that 42 per cent of Democrats who oppose the wall say congressional Democrats should refuse to budge even if it extends the shutdown; 37 per cent say they should compromise with Trump.

Since the shutdown starting December 22, the White House and the Congressional Democratic leadership have held several rounds of negotiations over border security and wall funding, but all ended in failure.

THE grandson of a Mexican immigrant has become the second Democrat to announce he wants to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race.

Trump also flatly denied that he worked for Russian Federation, and he called FBI officials who launched a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether he did "known scoundrels" and "dirty cops".

On Monday the partial shutdown enters its 24th day.

On the campaign trail, the president often said at rallies that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Concerning the allocation of blame, 53 per cent say Trump and the Republicans are mainly at fault, and 29 per cent blame the Democrats in Congress.

Last week, Mr Trump walked out of a meeting with them when Mrs Pelosi refused to agree to funding for his borer wall with Mexico.

During a television appearance Saturday night, after the counterintelligence component of the Trump investigation was first reported by The New York Times, Trump called a question whether he had ever worked for Russian Federation "insulting" but did not directly answer it.

Democrats oppose an emergency declaration but may be powerless to block it.

Jeh Johnson, former secretary of homeland security, said on Face the Nation there is an "emerging crisis" brewing in the ranks of DHS because of the shutdown.

Experts have said even though the president may have the authority to invoke powers under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, using it will nearly certainly bring on a court battle. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii who serves on the Judiciary Committee. Such a move, should President Trump ultimately go that route, would nearly certainly be challenged in the courts.

The emergency declaration would allow Trump broader discretion over redirecting federal funding, though using it for the wall construction would likely be challenged in court.

Trump is locked in an impasse with congressional Democrats.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, part of the GOP leadership, said at a forum Friday in Austin that the lawmakers "worked very hard to make sure that the victims of Hurricane Harvey - their concerns are addressed and Texas is able to rebuild". "I have the absolute right", he said.

"A few bad influences have come into town", she said.

On the Sunday talk shows, there wasn't much encouraging news from politicians and policymakers on a possible end to the 23-day shutdown. But he prefers a negotiated settlement with Congress. I don't know if we're closer to a deal. The ongoing "purge" is now starting to look like the 2017 situation, with detainees potentially being held at "the same facility that was named in the 2017 reports", The Associated Press says.

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