Government shutdown to gain impact

Government shutdown to gain impact

During prior shutdowns, lawmakers generally have voted to retroactively pay all employees - those who worked and those who were furloughed - after the government re-opens.

They warned that they saw little solution to the three-day-old shutdown so long as Trump aligns himself with hard-right Republicans in the House of Representatives. "The whole thing is juvenile". After a weekend and two holiday days for federal employees, Wednesday was the first regularly scheduled workday affected by the shutdown.

Democrats have said they will not provide Trump with additional funding beyond $1.6 billion already allocated for a border wall.

As a result, Trump feels vindicated in his political instincts and is increasingly unmoved by advisers, they said.

He denounced opposition lawmakers for denying him funding for his southern border wall and denounced them as hypocrites for criticizing his firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

Donald Trump is coming off one of his roughest weeks as president, at least in his critics' eyes - instigating a government shutdown fight, provoking his defence chief's resignation, abruptly pulling United States troops from two global hot spots, and even thinking about firing the head of the U.S. central bank.

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The Democratic leadership's ideological belief in essentially an "open borders" policy and the desire to deny the president nearly anything he seeks was underscored last week by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer's declaration that the impasse will not end until Republicans throw in the towel on "the wall".

A fourth of the federal government shut down Saturday because of the failure by the President and congressional Democrats to agree on funding to build the border wall, for which he has demanded $5 billion. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of government workers will either not return to work after the holiday or have to work without pay.

President Donald Trump says he'll do "whatever it takes" to get funding for border security, signaling no end in sight to the partial government shutdown. Those who are considered to be essential employees are reporting for duty, but will not get a paycheck for that work until the shutdown is over. Many national parks across the country have also been closed, and the Internal Revenue Service planned to close taxpayer assistance lines, among other operations, weeks ahead of filing season. Democrats have held firm in their opposition to giving Trump money for the wall, and there's been no public indication that Pelosi risks an erosion of Democratic support over the negotiations.

The shutdown, which began Friday at midnight, has hit about 25 per cent of the federal government.

"It's a disgrace what's happening in our country", Trump said in the Oval Office. "I mean, we're gonna have a wall. I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it", Trump said, referring to Democrats who staunchly oppose walling off the border.

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