Trump signs bill to compensate 800000 federal employees impacted by government shutdown

Trump signs bill to compensate 800000 federal employees impacted by government shutdown

Trump signs bill to compensate 800000 federal employees impacted by government shutdown

"We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the shutdown is over".

He called Pelosi's trip a "public relations event". The House and the Senate have to pass resolutions to actually green light the State of the Union. JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon told reporters Tuesday that he expects USA economic growth to slow to nothing this quarter if the government shutdown continues.

In a notice to staff, the department said it can pay most of its employees beginning Sunday or Monday for their next pay period. "There is also strong agreement that if we reopen the government, the possibility exists to work together and find common ground to tackle some of our country's toughest problems and fix them".

The House passed the measure by voice vote. Trump's advisers have privately tried to shepherd the president toward a scenario where he re-opens the government, as his own administration revised the cost of the shutdown to the overall US economy.

One, Rep. Lou Correa (D) of California, "welcomes the opportunity to talk with the President about border security", his spokesman said, "as soon as the government is reopened".

House Democrats refused to participate in a Tuesday afternoon meeting with President Donald Trump, dashing the White House's long-shot hopes of convincing moderates to circumvent their leaders and reach a grand bargain to reopen the government.

The White House did not immediately respond to the high-stakes move on the 26th day of the shutdown, as Trump and Democrats are at an impasse over Trump's demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Congress is planning to skip next week's planned recess if the partial government shutdown continues. They had been warned off such a strategy by Vice President Mike Pence and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who told them Trump opposed such a short-term fix, but the senators pressed on anyway, trying to get 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans to join.

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters later: "I think it's a good idea to delay (the speech) until the government is open".

In a publicly released letter, Mr. Trump told the new House speaker he is postponing her trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan "due to the shutdown".

In her request to Trump, Pelosi recommended that Trump deliver written remarks to Congress as Jefferson once did.

When journalists caught up with Pelosi on Capitol Hill, she explained that the State of the Union usually requires massive security arrangements that might not be fulfilled if Trump tries to give the speech while so many organizers and federal workers are still furloughed.

People attend a rally to protest against government shutdown outside a federal government building in NY, the United States, Jan. 15, 2019. But those who are working without pay are not.

The president credited the shutdown with the move because of the White House staff that were furloughed when it began on December 22.

"The Democrats are not going to negotiate with the government shut down", he said.

"A lot of it depends on (Transportation Security Administration)". That compares with 5 percent on the same day previous year.

Later this year, Congress and Trump will have to renew the government's borrowing authority or face the first federal default, which many believe would batter the economy.

Wildfire training courses are being canceled, piles of dead trees are left untended in federal forests and controlled burns to thin fire-prone forests aren't happening. But much of that work has ground to a halt on federal land because of job furloughs.

While the hit to the overall economy so far remains slight, economists foresee real damage if the shutdown drags into February or beyond.

Pelosi suggested Trump also consider delivering the speech in writing to Congress on the day it was originally scheduled, January 29.

In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department are entangled in the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week.

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