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Shutdown Enters Sixth Day With No Signs of Progress on Horizon

28 Décembre 2018

That bill provided $1.3 billion for border security projects but not money for the wall.

Trump's tweet on Thursday prompted criticism from some Democrats who argued that federal workers are not the partisans the president has made them out to be. The Administration understands this crisis and made a reasonable, common-sense solution to Democrats five days ago - we've not received a single response.

Back in Washington, there are no signs that a deal is anywhere near being reached. "The president has not been a reliable negotiating partner and his positions change daily with his mood, but Democrats' commitment to keeping government open and operating on behalf of the public remains unchanged".

Mr Trump had said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government in a fight over the wall.

Trump has requested around $5.7 billion USA, money that he wants to spend on building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.

During his visit to Iraq he reiterated his demand for $5 billion in border wall funding.

If he chose the latter, putting his personal stamp on the shutdown, Congress might then move to override his veto, but that would take a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House, a challenging hurdle for lawmakers.

Since the shutdown fell over the weekend, and Monday and Tuesday were federal holidays, most government employees haven't felt the effects yet.

With Mattis' resignation sped up by Trump, Jerome Powell, who heads the Federal Reserve, might be the next to be pink-slipped by Trump, who claims that the only economic problem in the country is at the Federal Reserve.

The president, however, is racing the clock. And although the Senate is slated to come into session on Thursday afternoon (Friday NZ Time), few senators were expected to be around for it.

As the government will likely remain partially closed until the next congressional session - which starts on January 3 - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and House Democrats will be charged with passing a spending bill with their new majority.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, responded to the White House statement by saying Democrats have offered Republicans three options to reopen the government that include money for border security but "not the President's immoral, ineffective and expensive wall".

In 2013, after President Barack Obama had started his second term, Republicans in the House and Senate were furious over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, and expressed their anger by bringing about a government shutdown that lasted 16 days. They have been told they will have 24 hours' notice before being called back for votes. If the deadline lurks past when the new Congress elected in November comes in on January 3, any bills passed by either chamber become null and void, so Congress would need to start over.

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Trump added that he wants to have the wall in place "by election time", apparently referring to November 2020 when he is up for re-election. "I would rather not be doing shutdowns". America is greatly blessed by your sacrifice and steadfastness.

The remaining parts of the government, including the Defense Department, Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, were already funded and won't be affected by the shutdown, nor will mandatory entitlement programs like Medicare payments. Trump is still there, though White House senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump left for the holiday. "We're going to have safety". Chung said. "Either you force people to take vacation, or you pay them, to be a good company ― but depending how long it drags on, one may not have a choice".

Shutdown Enters Sixth Day With No Signs of Progress on Horizon