Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

Government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

In his tweets Saturday, Trump reacted sharply to a televised comment that he lacks a strategy for ending the shutdown.

"But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised. a Wall at the Southern Border".

Presidential elections in the United States are due in 2020, and building the wall was one of his key campaign promises, so it's very likely that Trump is feeling under pressure to get it started.

Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, acknowledged the dilemma, especially as the shutdown continues with no end in sight.

The White House has suggested building the wall with steel rather than concrete as a key concession.

Only minutes earlier, powerful Republican ally Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted after talks with Trump: "Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW". Declaring an emergency could give the president access to many other powers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

But the Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, are equally determined not to provide the money.

A solution could not come soon enough for around 800,000 federal workers who got pay statements on Friday but no pay. Paychecks were due Friday, but many workers received stubs with zeroes. They made a decision to enter the shutdown without a clear plan of how to get out from it... We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work.

Cheryl Monroe, right, a Food and Drug Administration employee, and Bertrice Sanders, a Social Security Administration employee, rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown in Detroit, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Many Republicans are wary, too.

Nevertheless the administration has accelerated planning for it. Officials explored diverting money from a range of accounts, including $13.9 billion given to the Army Corps of Engineers after last year's deadly hurricanes and floods.

This includes, Rosello said, Americans in California, Texas, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other places hit by natural disasters.

Republican Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas told reporters after discussions with the White House: "I feel confident disaster relief dollars will not be tapped".

Trump himself has bragged that the border is more secure than in the past.

But some in the White House are trying to apply the brakes. Jared Kushner was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to his father-in-law that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better option.

He denied this allegation and insisted that the White House couldn't be in chaos due to the fact that "there's nearly nobody in the W.H. but me, and I do have a plan on the Shutdown".

"We're either going to have a win, make a compromise, because I think a compromise is a win for everybody, or I will declare a national emergency", he said. "There is no plan for how to reopen this government". Second, inevitable legal challenges would send the matter to court, allowing Trump to continue the fight for the wall - and continue to excite his supporters - while not actually closing the government or immediately requiring him to start construction.

President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress and, relying on what he called his pen and his phone, used executive powers to enact his agenda, including protecting millions of young immigrants from deportation.

Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, presidents do have the authority to declare crises and act on them, but they have to justify their reasoning with existing statutes Congress has already approved.

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