Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" he's awaiting word from Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY after the White House presented a counteroffer in a dispute over funding for President Donald Trump's border wall.
Although Trump originally wanted $5 billion for the wall, Mulvaney said the GOP is waiting to hear back about a counteroffer from Saturday to the approximately $1.3 billion that Democrats had previously offered for border security. "So they have offered us $1.3 billion to build the barrier that we want - but then they go on TV and say there's no money for the wall", he said.
A Democratic senator said his party opposed any funding for the wall.
Asked whether he's willing to increase the price tag as long as the money is not spent on a wall, Durbin responded: "Absolutely". Several Cabinet departments and agencies have been closed since Saturday after their funding lapsed.
It looks like Christmas will be over and done with before the federal government will have a chance to get fully back to business.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of being under the sway of conservative House Republicans and blasted the White House for saying "different things about what the president would accept or not accept".
But Democrats believe they have a stronger hand in the faceoff against a president who said he would be "proud" to force a shutdown - rarely popular among the broader public - in the name of tighter border security.
"We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the USA economy", the admins wrote on the page bio.
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"This is something that is unnecessary". It is even possible that it could still be underway when the new Congress starts in early January.
Some national parks have shuttered completely, but New York´s governor provided funding to keep the Statue of Liberty open.
The disruption affects 800,000 federal employees. Another 380,000 were to be furloughed, meaning they will not report to work but would be paid later.
Democrats officially take over the House on January 3 for the 116th Congress, and some Republicans see this as their last real shot at getting funding approved for the wall.
Despite the disruption, Trump has appeared to savour the prospect of a shutdown over the wall for months.
By digging in on his threat to shut down the government over his border wall, and by bringing troops home, Trump is sticking to his "America First" doctrine and feeding his 2020 re-election mantra of "promises made, promises kept".
The next possibility for votes in the House and Senate is on December 27, as Democrats say they're far apart in negotiations with the Trump administration.
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Schumer and Pelosi also said that Team Trump can't get their story straight on what the president will accept to end the shutdown.
Obama, while a junior senator in his only term, said during a 2006 floor speech that the bill provided 'better fences and better security along our borders, ' and predicted it would 'help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country'.
Corker suggested that a deal could be reached if Trump were prepared to give ground on Democrats´ demand to protect the status of the "Dreamers" - Latinos who, as children, arrived illegally in the United States with their parents.
About 80% of National Parks employees will be sent home, and parks could close - although some may stay open with limited staff and facilities.
Some agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, were already funded and will operate as usual.
The Transportation Security Administration will be on the job to screen passengers, and Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers will be directing planes.
But while trying to pin the blame on Democrats, Mulvaney, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", acknowledged that Trump's insistence on the wall played a role.
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