The Trump shutdown is fitting

23 December, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • President Donald Trump makes a statement on the possible government shutdown before signing criminal just reform legislation in the Oval Office

Looking for a way to claim victory, Trump said he would accept money for a "Steel Slat Barrier" with spikes on the top, which he said would be just as effective as a "wall" and "at the same time lovely". Democrats have refused, and are offering to keep funding at existing levels, $1.3 billion, for border security, but not the wall.

The Senate was expected to reject the House measure because Democratic votes are needed and McConnell showed little interest in changing the rules - as Trump proposed - to allow a simple majority for passage.

Roughly 25 percent of the federal government - and agencies including the State Department, IRS, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security - shut down at midnight after Trump said he wouldn't sign a funding bill that didn't include $5 billion in funds for the construction of a wall.

Trump tweeted that he was "working hard", at the White House Saturday morning, canceling plans to travel to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida for the holidays and hinting that "it could be a long stay" in Washington.

Rubio said that earlier in the week Republican senators went with the bipartisan funding bill because Pence had told them the White House was open to such a proposal.

More than 800,000 government employees were affected by the shutdown, according to a projection released on December 12 by Senate Appropriations Committee staff. Trump himself wrote on Twitter early Thursday that if Democrats wouldn't vote for legislation he approved of, "there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a joint statement said the president "threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump Shutdown in the middle of the holiday season". About 420,000 were deemed essential workers and will work unpaid in the lead-up to Christmas.

"I was last paid a week ago and hopefully should still be paid on 30 December for this week just gone, but anything after that will definitely be affected by the shutdown".

The remaining three-quarters of the government, including the Defense Department, Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, were already funded and won't be affected by the shutdown. Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, back in the West Wing, told a CNN reporter that he thought a deal was likely, but - as of just over four hours until the shutdown deadline - a deal has remained elusive and congressional leaders have given up on reaching one before midnight.

'PROUD' Whenever there is a government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats typically fight to blame each other. Republicans now dominate that chamber, but only until January when Democrats will take control.

"I will be the one to shut it down", he said.

"We had a reasonable path and there was every indication from the president that he would sign it", Alexander said. But senators still do not have enough votes to pass the House-passed bill that funds the wall.

The disruption affects 800,000 federal employees.

In a last ditch effort to persuade lawmakers skeptical of the wall, Trump even tweeted out a design of what he described as a "steel slat barrier... which is totally effective while at the same time attractive".

In a shutdown, critical workers - including USA border agents, and nonessential employees - would not get paid until the dispute ends.

McConnell quickly set in motion a Senate procedural vote on a House Republican package that would give Trump $5.7 billion for the wall, but it was not expected to pass.

Those being granted a leave of absence include almost everyone at NASA and 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service.



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