Published: Mon, December 24, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

USA braces for lengthy government shutdown

USA braces for lengthy government shutdown

Incoming White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney warned that it is "very possible" the partial government shutdown will run into 2019, as President Donald Trump insists funding for the border wall must be included.

The shutdown caps a perilous week for the president, with Defense Secretary James Mattis resigning in protest at Trump's sudden decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. "There's nothing we can do about that because we need the Democrats to give us their votes", Trump said. They said that "President Trump threw a temper tantrum" and highlighted the fact that "President Trump has said more than 25 times that he wanted a shutdown".

Earlier Saturday, Trump discussed border security with Republican lawmakers and senior aides at the White House to discuss a spending bill that would include money for his proposed wall.

Mick Mulvaney, who is now serving as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, told Fox News Sunday that he believes Democrats will stall on negotiations until they assume the majority of the House of Representatives in January 2019.

That will change in January when the House comes under Democratic control.

Mulvaney's comments came after the Senate adjourned on Saturday, which meant the shutdown would likely continue past Christmas. But he says it's between Trump's $5.7 billion request and the $1.3 billion Democrats offered.

The remaining parts 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, nor with mandatory entitlement programs like Social Security payments.

The partial government shutdown that began Saturday at midnight may well continue past the end of the month and into the new Congress due to be sworn in January 3, incoming acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney indicated on Fox News Sunday. More than half are deemed essential and are expected to work without pay, through retroactive pay is expected.

Trump has been advocating for harsh anti-immigration policies since his presidential campaign and has repeatedly stated that he would risk a government shutdown for the sake of the construction of the wall on the Mexican border.

"Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House".

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But Trump, digging in, tweeted about "the crisis of illegal activity" at American's southern border is "real and will not stop until we build a great Steel Barrier or Wall".

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in late November, only 31 percent of those surveyed said improved border security should be among the top three priorities for Congress.

Republicans conceded that one of their biggest hurdles was Trump's legendary unpredictability and proclivity for abruptly changing his mind.

Earlier this year, Democrats were willing to support wall funding in return for protections for undocumented immigrants brought to America as children a deal Trump initially hailed but later abandoned. "Unfortunately, we're still very far apart", a spokesman for Schumer said.

"If you're not going to spend nine out of 10 dollars on an issue, you obviously don't care about it that much", Merkley said.

Shelby said the two sides had exchanged counter-offers over the past days and that Pence was arriving with a new one from the White House. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell sent senators home until December 27 after there appeared to be no immediate hope of a new deal on the bill.

Following President Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria - a move that Russian President Vladimir Putin supported and welcomed - it was clear that Mattis had enough.

Large sections of the federal government closed at 12:01am on Saturday in the third shutdown of Trump's 23 months in office. Congressional leaders have left Washington; Trump is spending Christmas at the White House.

In a shutdown, critical workers - including USA border agents, and nonessential employees - would not get paid until the dispute ends. This is the third time U.S. federal funding has lapsed so far this year, although the other two were brief.

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