No end in sight as partial United States government shutdown enters fifth day

Dwayne Harmon
December 27, 2018

However, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), a union that falls under the AFGE and supports almost 17,000 border agents and personnel employed by U.S. Border Patrol, says that while the organization does not support the shutdown, it does support the border wall. With the opposition Democrats refusing to approve the necessary funds, the federal government has been under a partial government shutdown for four days now.

Trump added that he wants to have the wall in place "by election time", apparently referring to November 2020 when he is up for re-election.

Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S. -Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. "At some point, the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more than the Border Wall we are all talking about". They have been told they will have 24 hours' notice before being called back for votes. Instead he cast blame on Democrats and said "the American public is demanding a wall".

Later in the show, the panel joked about House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) mockery of Trump's barrier as a "beaded curtain". Particularly concerning to congressional Democrats is the possibility of rewarding Trump for threatening to shut down the government over a policy demand, which they said could establish a risky precedent.

The shutdown has been playing out against the backdrop of turmoil in the stock market, which is having a roller-coaster week. He told reporters a shutdown of a few weeks is not going to have any "significant effect on the outlook".

The government shutdown does not affect essential government agencies such as the FBI, Border Patrol and Medicare.

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The House has adjourned without a deal on spending, virtually guaranteeing a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday. He called it "the best we can to keep from shutting down government - or if it does shut down, shutting down very briefly".

Trump didn't say how he's hearing from federal workers, excluding those he appointed to their jobs or who work with him in the White House.

Those being furloughed include 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service and almost everyone at NASA. Park roads and grounds at Mount Rushmore National Memorial remain open to visitors, but there are no National Park Service-provided visitor services at Mount Rushmore during the government shutdown. Neither the White House nor the Department of Homeland Security responded to follow-up questions, despite repeated requests.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY suggested that the president's insistence on a wall IS little more than an attempt to mollify his political base.

Many federal workers are also reporting for work not knowing if they will be paid.

"The president falsely claims that "many" federal workers support the shutdown and have told him to 'stay out.' We have not heard from a single member who supports the president's inaction". In contrast, he's now ready for a reset and a shake-up of his Cabinet to surround himself with advisers more aligned to his political outlook, and he's coming to the view he should have done so from the start of his administration.

'It's a disgrace, whats happening in our country'.

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