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United States government shutdown becomes longest in history

United States government shutdown becomes longest in history

Raiding those funds for the border wall would likely draw opposition from lawmakers who are counting on Army Corps projects in their home districts, as well as those who are concerned about losing control of the purse strings. He said that the ball was in the court of his political opponents, warning that "we will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work".

Some US media reports suggest the White House is considering diverting some of the $13.9bn allocated past year by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall.

Meanwhile, a national Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in the first week of January found most Americans blame Trump for the shutdown instead of congressional Democrats.

The House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, leaving the shutdown on track to become one for the record books once the clock struck midnight and the closure entered its 22nd day.

President Donald Trump deflected when television host Jeanine Pirro pressed him on what it would take for him to use emergency powers to fund a border wall during a phone interview on her show "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday.

The White House is working to identify federal dollars that could be redirected to construct a border wall, if President Trump invokes his emergency powers to do so.

Trump indicated he was slowing what had appeared to be momentum toward the national emergency declaration as the way out of the stalemate.

"If they can't do it".

Trump insisted there is absolutely no chaos in the White House, saying, "There's nearly nobody in the W.H. but me". This, as polls suggest President Trump is getting most of the blame for the shutdown. He says they are oblivious to national security threats and will not compromise.

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The chief said he spent time Friday afternoon with Corona's family, who are faring "remarkably well under the circumstances". Ronil Singh , 33, of the Newman Police Department was shot to death December 26 after he stopped a suspected drunk driver.

"Most of them are living from paycheck to paycheck and now they approach this day on Friday having moved from paycheck to no check", Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said in debate on the House floor.

The standoff has turned into a test of political ego, particularly for Trump, who came into office boasting of his deal-making powers and making an aggressive border policy the keystone of his nationalist agenda.

The remarks came only hours before a partial USA government shutdown became the longest in the country's history, with departments having been closed for 22 days over a failure to agree funding for Trump's wall.

"The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE." he tweeted. The White House scuttled efforts to reach a deal on Capitol Hill on Thursday, and Trump's budget team is drawing up contingency plans for a shutdown that extends through the end of February, according to an administration official. "Elections have consequences!" he declared, meaning the 2016 election in which "I promised safety and security" and, as part of that, a border wall.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican frontier presents major challenges, ranging from the hyper-violent Mexican drug trade to the plight of asylum seekers and poor migrants seeking new lives in the world's richest country. Only 12% said there is neither a crisis or a problem on the border.

For Trump, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals that can only be solved by more walls.

"We want Congress to do its job", Trump said during a White House event on border security.

Trump originally pledged Mexico would pay for the wall, which he says is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. The White House has not indicated if Trump would sign it.