Shutdown Will Be Worse For Economy Than First Thought, White House Says

Dwayne Harmon
January 18, 2019

The longest such shutdown in U.S. history dragged into its 25th day with neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it - funding for a wall Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico.

More than half of Americans blame U.S. President Donald Trump for the partial federal government shutdown, despite his repeatedly faulting Democratic lawmakers, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

Democratic leaders have not budged on that issue, leading White House negotiators to try to target moderate members to put pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security, but Republicans cast her move as a ploy to deny Trump the stage.

The numbers are consistent with previous Pew Research data over the past three years, but the most recent survey of 1,505 adults conducted January 9-14, found that people have become more divided over the issue along partisan lines. Democrats remain opposed to Trump's demand for $5.7 billion.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump signed legislation into law affirming that the roughly 800,000 federal workers who have been going without pay will ultimately be compensated for their lost wages.

Trump invited a bipartisan group of lawmakers for lunch to discuss the standoff, but the White House said Democrats turned down the invitation.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump wanted Pelosi to stay in Washington before Tuesday, a deadline to prepare the next round of paychecks for federal workers.

"For whatever reason it didn't happen the way it should have, they made it right - we all worked together to make it right", said Mr. Scalise, Louisiana Republican.

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Even though Trump is focused on pushing Democrats to return to the negotiating table, it was the president who walked out of the most recent talks last week after Pelosi told him she would not yield to his demands.

It also says that federal employees who were furloughed will receive back pay for not only the current shutdown but future shutdowns as well. Democrats have been largely unified in opposition to the wall, which Trump is insisting on funding as a condition of reopening the government.

Trump has said he won't sign legislation without money for his promised wall at the border with Mexico. "They will not get paid for this unpaid vacation, and I'm not sure how they'll recover if this shutdown continues much longer".

In her letter, Pelosi referenced a dispatch from September from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen designating the State of the Union address as a "National Special Security Event".

The White House estimates that the shutdown will likely reduce quarterly U.S. GDP by 0.1 percent every two weeks that it continues. Pelosi was scheduled to take USA military transportation, which Mr. Trump has the ability to halt, a senior White House official told CBS News.

In turn, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Pelosi, asking why she would leave the country when the government is shut down.

Meanwhile a group of Republican senators headed to the White House later Wednesday.

We as the legislative branch have the power to end this shutdown now.

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