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The shutdown today: Government closure is now longest ever

14 January 2019, 12:58 | Tara Lloyd

Jacquelyn Martin President Donald Trump speaks to the media en route for a trip to the border in Texas as the government shutdown continues

President Donald Trump speaks to the media en route for a trip to the border in Texas as the government shutdown continues

Meanwhile, President Trump has calmed speculation that he is about to declare a national emergency in order to bypass Congress and get the money he needs.

But Lindsey Graham admitted Mr Trump still wants to reach a deal for the wall before agreeing to reopen closed government departments.

He and his proxies had several sit-downs with Democratic congressional leaders, but "not much headway" has been made, as Trump tweeted after Vice President Mike Pence met with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 5.

The National Federation of Federal Employees, National Association of Government Employees, the National Weather Service Employees Organization and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - representing a combined 244,000 members working in coastal Virginia, southern California, central Montana and the Washington area - filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Friday, demanding full compensation for time and overtime worked over the three weeks of the shutdown.

Mr. Trump on Friday, however, backed off on a series of previous threats to end the deadlock by declaring a national emergency and attempting to secure the funds without congressional approval.

With polls showing Trump getting most of the blame for the shutdown, the administration accelerated planning for a possible emergency declaration to try to get around Congress and fund the wall from existing sources of federal revenue. Trump said in a post. The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back.

"I don't know where it's going but I can tell you this", he said.

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The concerns raised were those who have to continue working may not have time to find a temporary job for supplemental income and might not have much in savings to get through the shutdown.

The Democrats accuse the president of using the shutdown and border crisis to score political points.

Opponents say that a unilateral move by the president over the sensitive border issue would be constitutional overreach and set a unsafe precedent in similar controversies.

"I would consider DACA, but I think we'd complicate it", Trump told reporters during an impromptu gaggle on the South Lawn of the White House.

This morning around 7 a.m., Trump tweeted, "Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!"

The Washington Post reports that Americans are nearly evenly split on whether they support a solid wall along the United States' southern border, up from the beginning of the immigration battle between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

In place of an olive branch to the Democrats, Trump has offered insults and accusations, and on Wednesday stormed out of a meeting with congressional leaders that he called at the White House.

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Trump has maintained that the border can not be secured without a wall.

Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believes Trump and Republicans will lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, airport travelers, tourists and others "experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand".

But Trump has said that while he is interested in pursuing a broader overhaul of the immigration system, he first wants to hear what the Supreme Court has to say about the group of immigrants known as "Dreamers".

The shutdown is ongoing as President Donald Trump continues to stick by his demand to receive $5.7 billion in border wall funding, while Democrats are steadfast in opposing his plan to fund border security.

"It's the last option, not the first option, but we're pretty close to that being the only option", Graham said of an emergency declaration. But Graham said Sunday that time is running out.

As of Friday night, only Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to appear on TV Sunday.

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Trump also sought to push back against Democratic arguments that a border wall is an antiquated approach to illegal immigration. The president shut down the government, demanding $5 billion for his border wall but Democrats have refused to meet the demand.



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