White House makes counter-offer, demanding less for border wall: budget director

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But a week later, Trump's aides signaled the White House was backing down, and the Senate passed a compromise government funding bill - without the wall money - by a unanimous voice vote. "But to just say build the darn fence and have that be the end of an immigration discussion is absurd and nearly childish for someone running for president to take that simplistic of [a] view", Mulvaney told Patti Mercer of WRHI radio in SC.

With ultra-conservative lawmakers and media commentators demanding that the president stick to his campaign promises, Trump stood his ground on the wall.

The president has demanded that a spending bill must include at least $5 billion for the wall, or else he'll veto it. "We are pushing for technology, like drones and sensors, and inspection equipment".

Asked whether he's willing to increase the price tag as long as the money is not spent on a wall, Durbin responded: "Absolutely".

The partial shutdown is set to affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level US departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of homeland security, transportation, interior, agriculture, state and justice.

The House of Representatives and the Senate held sessions on Saturday, but both chambers adjourned without agreement, and no votes were expected until Thursday.

The shutdown caps a perilous week for the president, with Defense Secretary James Mattis resigning in protest at Trump's sudden decision to pull us troops out of Syria.

Mulvaney also acknowledged during his interview that Trump's personality has made it more hard to navigate through the government shutdown.

He predicted it could extend into January, when Democrats will assume control of the House based on their midterm election gains. "I think it's very possible that the shutdown will be on the 28th and into the new Congress".

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Mulvaney's hint at Trump's responsibility for the government shutdown was explicitly stated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

President Trump faced resistance from some Republicans.

"This is something that is unnecessary".

Speaking to ABC's This Week programme, Sen Merkley said a "30-foot concrete wall" and "30-foot steel spikes" were "not the smart way".

I say this because unlike many other Democrats I do believe and indeed support strong border security utilizing modern technologies, which would in many places replace a wall.

That means Wednesday is the first day the public could begin to feel the effects of lost government services, Mulvaney said.

Some national parks have shuttered completely, but New York´s governor provided funding to keep the Statue of Liberty open.

The measure was brought up by Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, who represent Maryland, where many DC area federal employees live. The essential employees who work during a shutdown are paid retroactively when the government reopens and payroll operations resume. An additional 380,000 will be furloughed, meaning they will stay home without pay.

The White House should "stop the posturing and start serious bipartisan talks", Mr Hammill said. They said that "President Trump threw a temper tantrum" and highlighted the fact that "President Trump has said more than 25 times that he wanted a shutdown". "Let's fund the government" instead, he said.

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"But none of that is Mexico paying for the wall", Karl pressed.

Schumer and Pence met Saturday at the request of the White House, according to Schumer's office. But after the meeting, a spokesman for Schumer said the two sides were far from an agreement.

"Regrettably, America has now entered a Trump Shutdown", said Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi in a statement.

"Democrats have always been for smart and effective ways to secure our border", Schumer said.

It's now up to Democrats to increase their initial offer of $1.3 billion, Mulvaney said. After the caravan, if you don't see the need for more border security, you are blind.

The impasse blocked money for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice.

Workers being told to stay at home unpaid until the impasse is resolved include almost everyone at Nasa and 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service. Many national parks were expected to close.

Government employees who are considered "essential", such as Secret Service agents, Customs and Border Patrol agents and US troops deployed at the border, will still be working.

Senator David Perdue, a Republican from Georgia on the Senate Banking Committee, said on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that he thought a deal this week was possible.

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