Shutdown is now America’s longest

by Garry Watts January 14, 2019, 1:00
Shutdown is now America’s longest

"The Democrats are forcing him into a choice of doing the national emergency because they won't sit down and discuss it".

President Donald Trump said yesterday he would not declare a national emergency "right now" to end a standoff over border security that has idled large swaths of the USA government, all but guaranteeing that he will preside over the longest shutdown in US history. Who is at work but not getting paid Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers.

The "wall plus" plan could include an extension of temporary protected status for about 400,000 immigrants in the USA because of disasters back home in El Salvador and elsewhere, and renewable three-year work permits for young, undocumented "Dreamers", he said. That is identical to the end of the 16-day shutdown in 2013, when 29 per cent blamed then-President Barack Obama and 53 per cent put the responsibility on congressional Republicans.

Democrats have strongly opposed the idea.

Republicans, Democrats and the president seemed to be preparing for the prospect that the special counsel's inquiry into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation could further upend a government that's in the midst of the longest shutdown in United States history.

What are the effects of the partial shutdown?

On Sunday, Trump acknowledged, at least indirectly, the mounting costs of the shutdown.

The president shot back in an interview with Fox News, blasting reports in the New York Times and The Washington Post that raised new questions about his interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and whether he had been working on behalf of the Russian government.

The shutdown is ongoing as President Donald Trump continues to stick by his demand to receive $5.7 billion in border wall funding, while Democrats are steadfast in opposing his plan to fund border security.

Two new polls indicate the Democrats may be winning the battle for public support. Many Republicans are wary, too, fearing its use by a future Democratic president. Such a move, should Mr Trump ultimately go down that route, would nearly certainly be challenged in the courts.

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Although a majority still oppose the border wall at 54 percent, that opposition has been shrinking.

The president has closely tied his fate to his steadfast conservative base.

"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we're nearly there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal", said Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

Both Republicans and Democrats also said they believe the move would likely be challenged in court, blocking construction of a wall the administration has said is needed immediately to address an urgent "crisis" on the border. However, today he said he would not declare an emergency for now, preferring Congress to act.

Opponents say such a unilateral presidential move would be constitutional overreach and set a unsafe precedent.

President Donald Trump is pushing back against the idea that he doesn't have a strategy to end the partial government shutdown, now into its fourth week.

The impasse has paralysed Washington - its impact felt increasingly around the country - with the president refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute. Paychecks were due Friday, but many workers received stubs with zeroes. Party leaders say they won't agree to fund any kind of wall or barrier between the U.S. and Mexico beyond what's already in place, and Trump insists he won't agree to reopen the government until the wall is funded.

Trump reminded that building a wall on the Mexican border was one of his main campaign promises.

"Thousands of illegal aliens who have committed sexual crimes against children are right now in Texas prisons".

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