Trump doubles down on Democrats about shutdown

Trump doubles down on Democrats about shutdown

Trump doubles down on Democrats about shutdown

On Capitol Hill, the Senate and House of Representatives were set to reconvene late on Thursday, but no prompt action by them was expected.

Top Republicans also were not around this week, as well as White House adviser Jared Kushner, who was at the center of negotiations just before Christmas.

She said President Trump "will not sign a proposal that does not first prioritise our country's safety and security". The only rational conclusion is that the Democrat party is openly choosing to keep our government closed to protect illegal immigrants rather than the American people.

Trump earlier in the day predicted the government would shut down - and looked to place the blame on Democrats.

And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the likely next House speaker, showed no sign of backing down either. The lack of urgency fueled speculation among analysts that the shutdown could drag on well into January.

"So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", Schumer said. "Now it's up to the Democrats as to whether we have a shutdown tonight".

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Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a Trump ally who has been involved in the talks, said the president "is very firm in his resolve that we need to secure our border". Bob Corker said on the Senate floor that an "understanding has been reached" that the Senate will not take any further votes related to the funding issue "until a global agreement has been reached between the President" and congressional leaders.

"While Trump and the GOP leadership are putting on a courageous face, the Democrats plan simply to pass a" continuing resolution" bill to re-open the government once they take control of the House, and pass it along to the Senate, daring Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - long opposed to shutdowns - to refuse.

"The Democrats OBSTRUCTION of the desperately needed Wall, where they nearly all recently agreed it should be built, is exceeded only by their OBSTRUCTION of 350 great people wanting & expecting to come into Government after being delayed for more than two years, a US record!" "The president wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it".

Furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns. "Federal employees don't go to work wearing red or blue jerseys". With no end in sight, the Office of Personnel Management, which manages federal workers, sought to impart some advice on furloughed workers anxious about looming financial troubles.

As long as the wall debate holds up approval of a wider spending bill, about 800,000 federal employees are not getting salaries and non-essential parts of the government are unable to function.

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