Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Senate Passes Bill to Pay Federal Employees After Shutdown

Senate Passes Bill to Pay Federal Employees After Shutdown

It passed by voice vote in the Senate without objection.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he wouldn't bring up any bills the president wouldn't sign.

In a sign of the deep divide between the two parties, congressional lawmakers spent much of the week blaming the other side for the impasse - with no significant action taken to resolve the shutdown.

But with talks at a standstill over the president's demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding and 800,000 federal workers missing a paycheck Friday, the White House is clearly exploring the possibility.

One major airport, Miami International, has said it will close an entire terminal this weekend because so many security staff are off sick.

He later added, "Trump is leading this horror show, but you know who I hold accountable?"

The shutdown will cross the three-week mark on Friday, which is also the same day that they will miss their first paychecks.

TV News operations trotted out those clips after Trump insisted, as he crossed the White House lawn headed for Texas, that he had never said Mexico would actually cut the USA a check for the Wall.

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Graham noted that House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi refused to negotiate funding for the border wall, and said Pelosi's move "virtually ends [the] congressional path" to provide money for the border barrier. But Pence, in a briefing with reporters, said the president prefers to wait for the courts to decide that issue.

"More than 11,000 in Pennsylvania are struggling to keep their families in their homes, keep the lights on, and put food on the table".

And Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., said in a statement that it would be "beyond appalling for the president to take money from places like Puerto Rico that have suffered enormous catastrophes, costing thousands of American citizens' lives, in order to pay for Donald Trump's foolish, offensive and hateful wall".

In Palm Beach County, Fla., members of the National Treasury Employers Union prepared their own rally Thursday.

"Siphoning funding from real disasters to pay for a crisis manufactured by the president is wholly unacceptable and the American people won't fall for it", she said.

He originally was willing to offer $1.6 billion for border security, but that changed after an earlier contentious meeting with the president before the shutdown on December 11.

The president, without proof, has previously said most federal workers are Democrats and that the party should feel pressure to get the government reopened.

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