Shutdown cuts Christmas vacation short for Federal employees

Shutdown cuts Christmas vacation short for Federal employees

Shutdown cuts Christmas vacation short for Federal employees

"It's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it".

"It's Christmas Eve and President Trump is plunging the country into chaos", the two said in a joint statement.

Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress.

And until Trump, who wants a wall, and Democrats, who oppose it, can come to an agreement, portions of the US government will stay closed.

Trump made these remarks while taking questions from reporters during a briefing with United States military leaders shortly after landing in Iraq. In retaliation, Trump refused last week to sign a wider spending bill, temporarily stripping funding from swaths of the government.

About 800,000 federal employees are impacted by the partial shutdown, with some furloughed while others are working without pay. "It's stressful for staff, it's stressful for inmates, and the government shutdown and not knowing if you're going to get a paycheck in a couple of weeks is an unneeded stress", he said. "We need safety for our country", Mr. Trump told reporters after meeting with USA service members in Iraq on Wednesday. "Meanwhile, different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the president would accept or not accept to end his Trump Shutdown, making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment", they said.

The partial shutdown of the US government entered its fifth day Wednesday, with no public indication a resolution is imminent.

Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they will get 24 hours' notice before having to return for a vote. "The irony is that the shutdown started over funding for the wall, and it's those workers who are at the border who are most affected, who aren't being paid".

Trump claimed the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are furloughed due to the shutdown also want the wall, despite a lack of evidence supporting the contention. The government funding for about a quarter of the federal government - including the Treasury, Homeland Security and Interior Departments - lapsed late December 21.

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".

Trump reaffirmed a claim made on Twitter Monday that he had approved a contract for the construction of 115 miles (185 kilometers) of wall in Texas, although the White House has not offered any details on the project.

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. "The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats".

Erwin also says Trump's words were particularly stinging since they were issued on Christmas Day. "(I) thought it would be wrong for me to be with my family. Many rank-and-file workers have gone to social media with stories of the financial hardship they expect to face because of the shutdown. After Mexico repeatedly refused to do so, he began seeking US taxpayer funding for the wall, which he sees as vital to controlling illegal immigration.

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