Congress adjourns for week with no shutdown deal

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the five branches of the military by video conference on Christmas Day Tuesday Dec. 25 2018 in the Oval Office of the White House

Trump digs in on the wall and the shutdown

Now that he's back from visiting our troops in Iraq, President Trump's focus has returned to the partial government shutdown over border wall funding.

Earlier Thursday, when the House gaveled in for a few minutes, Rep. Jim McGovern loudly asked for unanimous consent to bring up the Senate-passed legislation to avoid a partial shutdown, the same legislation Trump has refused to support.

"I can't tell you when the government's going to be open". He asserted without evidence: "Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?"

The Senate and House are scheduled to come into session on Thursday, but with no deal in hand, lawmakers remained away from Washington for the holidays. But another group of workers has also been hit hard and, unlike federal workers, may never see retroactive pay: government contractors.

Showing little sense of urgency over the shutdown, the Senate and the House of Representatives did nothing to restore funding for the roughly 20 percent of the government affected. While Republicans were able to add a net two seats to their Senate majority on November 6, they lost control of the House-meaning Trump's ability to leverage this battle for border wall funding significantly decreases when power changes hands.

Since the shutdown fell over the weekend, and Monday and Tuesday were federal holidays, most government employees haven't felt the effects yet.

He also compared Democrats' treatment of him over the border issue to their defence of James Comey after Mr Trump fired him as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "But at the 11th hour, Trump scuttled the agreement because it did not provide additional funding for a border wall".

And yet, somehow, the government has been (partially) shuttered for six days now - and the Democrats have yet to surrender.

- If the shutdown lasts past January 3, when Democrats take control of the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is in line to become speaker, said the chamber will pass a spending bill to reopen the government - without money for a wall. He declined to say how much he would accept in a deal to end the shutdown.

Last week Trump said his administration was prepared for a lengthy shutdown.

The next firm action on the issue was likely to come on January 3, when the Democrats take over majority control of the House. They have offered support for $1.3 billion in general border security funding.

This is his first visit to Iraq as the US President. After Mexico repeatedly refused to do so, he began seeking USA taxpayer funding for the wall, which he sees as vital to controlling illegal immigration.

As well, the disruption is starting to pinch citizens who count on a variety of public services, beyond those who've been finding gates closed at national parks. It's already caused a lapse in money for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice.

However, Trump claimed that those who are being hurt the most are Democrats.

"I imagine that [President Trump] learned and saw things that he hadn't seen before, which is good for him as Commander-in-Chief", says Banks.

Among federal workers who donated to a presidential candidate in 2016, an overwhelming number gave to Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, according to an analysis of federal campaign contributions by The Hill.

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