Trump doubles down on Democrats about shutdown

Trump doubles down on Democrats about shutdown

President Donald Trump is vowing to hold the line on his demand for money to build a border wall. He declined to say how much he would accept in a deal to end the shutdown, stressing the need for border security.

Two youngsters from Guatemala have died while in custody of USA authorities this month and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that "extraordinary protective measures" were required to handle the flow. On Twitter, since the shutdown started, he has tried to blame the Democrats.

The White House and congressional Democrats have been talking but to little effect. Instead, it appears the shutdown could last until 2019. The House, meanwhile, is out of session until further notice, and the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Wednesday that it will give lawmakers 24 hours' notice of any expected votes in the chamber.

Both the Senate and House of Representatives met on Thursday, but agreement to end the dispute could not be reached. "Whatever it takes, we're going to have a wall, we're going to have safety".

Senate Republicans are locked in a battle with their Democratic counterparts over the House-passed stopgap funding bill. Lawmakers will reconvene Thursday to try to broker a deal and reopen the government. That bill provided $1.3 billion for border security projects but not money for the wall. At Trump's urging, the House approved that package and inserted the $5.7 billion he had requested.

"Whatever it takes. We need a wall".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday that a physical barrier is off the option.

And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the likely next House speaker, showed no sign of backing down either.

"It's really the Democrat shutdown, because we've done our thing", Trump continued.

The shutdown has been playing out against the backdrop of turmoil in the stock market. Roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and are working unpaid, while an additional 380,000 have been furloughed.

Now almost a week old, the impasse is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on varied public services.

OPM's tweet linked to a series of templates that furloughed federal workers could use to try to stave off creditors.

Those being furloughed include 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service and almost everyone at NASA. The remaining 80 percent is fully funded and is unaffected by the shutdown. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the shutdown means it can not process new flood insurance policies, possibly disrupting home sales. State highway workers were sent to the area Monday to erect "no parking" signs along USA 70 outside the monument.

Trump has claimed federal workers are behind him in the shutdown fight, saying many told him, "stay out until you get the funding for the wall.'" He didn't say who told him that. Many rank-and-file workers have gone to social media with stories of the financial hardship they expect to face because of the shutdown.

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