The Government Shutdown Could Last Until January as Leaders Leave Washington

Geraldine Edwards
December 25, 2018

"No private business or company would be permitted to impose on or disrupt the lives of their employees in such a manner", the Federation said in letters to the Senate and House of Representatives.

"It's very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress", Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday of the impasse over funding for President Donald Trump's wall on the US-Mexico border.

Vice President Mike Pence, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney left the US Capitol Building late last Friday after hours of bargaining with congressional leaders produced no apparent compromise.

Mulvaney said Sunday morning that the White House had moved down from its demand for $5 billion and hoped Democrats would move up from their offer for $1.3 billion in border security funding.

Unlike shutdowns of the past, Congress and the White House aren't racing to reopen the government.

The Senate is set to come back into session on December 27 for what are expected to be pro forma sessions with no legislative business unless there is a deal to reopen the government.

The fund's organizer, Charlotte Clymer, acknowledged they likely won't reach their goal and said that all funds will go to an immigration nonprofit in Texas, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which says it promotes justice by providing free and low-priced legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

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"So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", said Schumer. That was unacceptable to Democrats who have enough votes in the Senate to block the legislation.

"We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the USA economy", the admins wrote on the page bio. And so far, there is still no agreement to resolve the standoff and re-open the government.

With Democrats set to take control of the House on January 3, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., retiring from Congress, the shutdown provided a last gasp for the conservative majority before the new Congress.

"It will never pass the Senate, not today, not next week, not next year".

Trump earlier in the week scuttled an agreement that would have kept the government open through February 8 after coming under heavy criticism from conservative talk show hosts and some allies in the House because the measure didn't include the funding he wanted for the wall.

Several of the sources said there were policy additions and restrictions included in the proposal to try to bridge the gap.

But a number of those details remain shrouded - including exact locations of fencing.

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"When those negotiations produce a solution that is acceptable to all parties - which means 60 votes in the Senate, a majority in the House, and a presidential signature - at that point, we will take it up here on the Senate floor", Schumer said.

Which parts of the government are affected?

He also discussed details of when the partial shutdown really kicks in and what the pay implications are for federal employees.

The shutdown meant that more than 400,000 federal employees reported to their jobs on Monday without getting paid, while almost 400,000 others "will be locked out of work with no pay", the American Federation of Government Employees union said.

In a video on his Twitter account he said: "We're going to have a shutdown". A press release issued by the department specified that some of the activities that will not stop at least in the short-term include Forest Service law enforcement and emergency and natural disaster response. Social security cheques will be sent as usual, troops will remain on duty and food inspections will continue.

In fact, virtually every essential United States government agency, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the border patrol and the coast guard, will remain open.

Mueller's office "is funded from a permanent indefinite appropriation and would be unaffected in the event of a shutdown", a Justice Department spokesperson told CNN previously. Transportation Security Administration officers continued to staff airport checkpoints and air traffic controllers were on the job.

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