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Republican Senator Graham urges Trump to open U.S. government temporarily

Republican Senator Graham urges Trump to open U.S. government temporarily

Friday was the first payday of the year for such workers and contractors, some at home, some forced to work.

Negotiations are at a standstill and no more talks are scheduled for the weekend or early next week.

Coons blames the impasse on border wall funding that led to the shutdown on Trump.

Nearly half of the State Department employees in the USA and about one-quarter overseas have been furloughed during the shutdown. Ben Cardin of Maryland to guarantee back pay for federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican border presents challenges, but Trump has turned his single-minded push for more walls into a crusade. "That's my recommendation", added Graham, who has publicly pushed Trump to use his authority to declare a national emergency to build the wall. Among Republicans, 58 per cent both support the wall and say Trump should continue to demand funding, compared with 22 per cent who say he should compromise to end the shutdown.

Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told CNN that he would "hate" to see Trump invoke emergency powers for a wall.

Lawmakers are due back in Washington from their states and congressional districts in the new week.

US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities at the White House on Friday. The shutdown became the longest ever on Saturday as it entered its 22nd day. That ended when congressional Republicans agreed to a short-term funding bill for closed agencies that was later extended.

"[Schumer] and Pelosi were so bad the other night that the president ought to pay them to go on TV once a week", Gingrich, the former GOP House Speaker, told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y., pointing to the Democratic response to President Trump's Oval Office address on border wall funding.




House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocked the president as she told reporters it was up to Trump to make the next move.

"That's my last option", Trump said, according to Graham.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump wants a deal first.

Photo taken on January 12, 2019 shows the White House and a stop sign in Washington D.C., the United States.

Graham had earlier told reporters he would support Trump declaring an emergency in order to get the desired funds for dealing with what Trump claims is an immigration crisis on the southern USA border, voicing frustration that Democrats in the past had voted in favor of funding some barriers on the border yet have so far resisted Trump's demand.

The New York Times said it was not clear if the investigation to determine whether Mr Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow was still being pursued.

House Democrats as well as a smattering of Republicans voted this week in favor of bills to reopen portions of the government. No meetings between White House officials and congressional staff are scheduled, and no appearances by the President are expected - only tweets. Milstead said a barrier of steel slats that border agents can see through and animals and waters can pass through - much like what exists at the border now - could work.

Trump has tried on a number of occasions to blame Democrats for the government shutdown, such as when he tweeted in December that "Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything". Those civil asset forfeiture funds, held by the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department, generate billions of dollars annually, he said.


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