No signs of a deal to end partial government shutdown

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"Nancy is calling the shots", said the Republican president, suggesting that her opposition to his demand for wall funding had to do with Pelosi's need for votes to become speaker. Vice President Mike Pence is said to have proposed $2.1 billion for new border barriers in an offer to Democrats, along with $400 million for other Trump immigration priorities. "These federal workers want the wall", Trump told reporters in the White House on Christmas Day.

"I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it". "It is all about the wall, it's all about border security, it's all about promises of 2016 that the Democrats oppose mightily and it's going to be a very interesting year".

With no deal in sight to keep the government funded, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will either not be returning to work after holiday vacations or will be back on the job, but without pay. "It's stressful for staff, it's stressful for inmates, and the government shutdown and not knowing if you're going to get a paycheck in a couple of weeks is an unneeded stress", he said.

"So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", Schumer said.

The shutdown is entering its fifth day as the White House and Congress show very little signs of movement.

"Democrats can come out and say they supported billions for fencing, but when push comes to shove, and this is something that will get passed into law, they suddenly back off", Chmielenski said. Workers are not paid in full while on leave, though are customarily compensated with backdated pay once the shutdown is over. The government funding for about a quarter of the federal government - including the Treasury, Homeland Security and Interior Departments - lapsed late December 21.

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Lawmakers have limited the administration to replacing or strengthening existing barrier designs, rather than building Trump's new wall prototypes.

President Trump may deserve all the heat he's getting for his bumbling role in triggering a government shutdown over border-wall funding, but Democrats - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in particular - are no angels. Particularly concerning to congressional Democrats is the possibility of rewarding Trump for threatening to shut down the government over a policy demand, which they said could establish a risky precedent. About 8 in 10 employees of the National Park Service are staying home, and many parks have closed.

Several hundred thousand United States government employees across numerous agencies are working without pay, while others have been sent hom on furlough.

"It's a disgrace what's happening in our country", Trump said in the Oval Office.

Democrats have supported including an additional US$1.3 billion in border security funding, at one point agreeing to an additional US$1.6 billion during negotiations with congressional Republicans.

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