Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Government shutdown is now longest ever in USA history

Government shutdown is now longest ever in USA history

The U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding became the longest in the modern era as it stretched into its 22nd day Saturday with no end in sight. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY have refused to meet that demand, instead offering a far smaller sum to shore up border security and asking the President to reopen the government now and negotiate on border security later.

Later on Saturday, in a telephone interview with Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, the president said if the Democrats "don't come to their senses" he would declare a national emergency to free up money for his wall without congressional approval.

The president is expected in the new week to sign legislation passed by Congress to provide back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who aren't being paid during the shutdown.

Trump, holed up in the White House with Congress adjourned for the weekend, warned of a much lengthier impasse and blamed the Democrats.

Miami International Airport said it will close one of its terminals early over the next several days due to a possible shortage of security screeners, who have been calling in sick at twice the normal rate. "I'm kind of just sitting and staring at the wall and trying not to lose my mind", she said.

The standoff has turned into a test of political ego, particularly for Trump, who came into office boasting of his deal-making powers and making an aggressive border policy the keystone of his nationalist agenda.

Trump described an emergency declaration as the "easy way out" and said Congress had to step up to the responsibility of approving the $5.7 billion.

Cesc Fabregas delighted to join Monaco's 'new project'
Sarri said: "As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market". Monaco are now 19th in Ligue 1 having scored just 16 goals.

"They can name it 'peaches.' I don't care what they name it".

It seems like Donald Trump is rather fond of ringing in the new year with a government shutdown, as this is now the second in two consecutive Januaries of his presidency.

Many Democrats have not taken kindly to the continued 2018-2019 shutdown. "I'm not going to do it so fast", Trump said during an event Friday at the White House.

Fight for the Future swiftly circulated a petition following Pelosi's speech, calling on Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Schuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) not to replace Trump's proposed wall - which critics say wouldfurther endanger migrant familiescoming to the United States - with a surveillance system that would threaten their right to be protected from unlawful search and seizure. Jared Kushner was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to his father-in-law that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better option. I am in the White House ready to sign!

For the president, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals.

Support for building a wall on the border, which is the principal sticking point in the stalemate between the President and Democrats, has increased over the past year. I will declare a national emergency. Then Republicans often called out Obama as overstepping his authority in using executive actions when Congress failed to act on White House priorities. Second, inevitable legal challenges would send the matter to court, allowing Trump to continue the fight for the wall - and continue to excite his supporters - while not actually closing the government or immediately requiring him to start construction.

"The American people gave us the majority based on our comprehensive approach to this problem and they rejected President Trump's", said Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. "But those same conservatives, I'm sure if it's deployed, would embrace him as having done all he could do to negotiate with Democrats".

Like this: