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Trump warns government shutdown could be lengthy

Trump warns government shutdown could be lengthy

He told reporters: "Listen, anything can happen". From that point, Democrats will enjoy a majority in the House of Representatives.

Among the "yes" votes were Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray, the top three Senate Democrats. That meeting ended after 30 minutes with no resolution.

What is certain, though, is the government will remain closed at least through Thursday and, according to acting Chief of Staff Nick Mulvaney, into 2019.

The Senate passed a giant funding bill nine months ago that provided $1.57 billion for border security, including a limited amount of "pedestrian fencing" and 'secondary fencing'.

By closing the Senate for five days, lawmakers will go home for the holidays as hundreds of thousands of federal workers are left in limbo about their status.

Meanwhile, from coast to coast, the first day of the shutdown played out. The House and Senate briefly gaveled into session on Christmas Eve before closing again with no further action.

Schumer and McConnell spoke on the floor, with both blaming the other party for the shutdown and neither showing any sign of giving in.

Irate with Powell for a series of modest interest rate increases that Trump claims have hampered the US economy, the president expressed his disdain for the Fed chairman once more.

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

Essentially, it all boils down to Trump's much-vaunted US-Mexico border wall that Trump says is essential to stop illegal immigration.

Democrats are staunchly opposed, and the absence of a deal meant federal funds for dozens of agencies lapsed at midnight on Friday. Some parks are already closed for the winter. The Securities and Exchange Commission has posted a list of the services it will soon suspend, including the processing of certain business records.

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Customs and border staff will keep working, although their pay will be delayed.

More than 400,000 federal employees are reporting to their jobs on Monday but won't get their salaries, while almost 400,000 others "will be locked out of work with no pay", the American Federation of Government Employees union said. More than 400,000 "essential" employees in those agencies will work without pay until the dispute is resolved.

Donald Trump attempted to pass wall budget.

The president has dug in on his demand for $5 billion for the border wall, a signature campaign promise that he repeatedly said Mexico would pay for.

Another departure that rankled the president came courtesy of Brett McGurk, a man few outside Washington had ever heard of.

"We will have to wait until after the election", said Scott.

A GoFundMe campaign raising money for a border wall between the USA and Mexico has surpassed the Humboldt Broncos's campaign as one of the top-grossing fundraisers of the year.

With Congress out of town, there was no chance for progress on the government funding crisis.

"Trump is plunging the country into chaos", the Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

Brian Kolfage, Purple Heart recipient and triple amputee veteran, began the campaign earlier this week and says the money will go directly to help build the border wall. The Pentagon said Monday that Mattis has already signed the order to withdraw US forces from Syria. "We arrived at this moment because President Trump has been on a destructive two-week temper tantrum".

Democrats have said they are open to budget proposals that do not include the wall, which they say would be costly and ineffective.

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