More Americans blame President Donald Trump than congressional Democrats for the partial US government shutdown, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday found, as lawmakers returned to Washington with no quick end to the shutdown in sight. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it", Mr Trump said, referring to Democrats who staunchly oppose walling off the Mexican border.
All of this comes just days after the president claimed that furloughed workers told him directly that they're fine with not getting paid. While furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns, it's not guaranteed.
"Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House", they said.
The stalemate over how much to spend and how to spend it caused the partial government shutdown that began on Saturday following a lapse in funding for departments and agencies that make up about 25 percent of the USA government. Border and customs staff will receive delayed payments, airports will operate, some national parks will close while some will remain open with lesser facilities and staff, housing department employees may take unpaid leaves meaning delayed loan approvals and processing, IRS workers, including people who assist taxpayers, might do the same, and FDA will continue working on vital stuff but won't conduct routine inspections.
US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone sharing updates to track Santa's movements from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018. The House session lasted less than three minutes. Now we all realize that his business methods are equivalent to a goon holding a debtors kids in a seedy basement until he gets his money.
House Democrats tried Thursday to offer a measure to re-open government, but they were blocked from action by Republicans, who still have majority control of the chamber until Democrats take over January 3.
"These federal workers want the wall", Trump said.
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A day earlier, Trump had told troops via videoconference that the era of heavy USA engagement overseas was ending. Mr Trump has said he would travel to Afghanistan at some point. "We're respected again as a nation".
We know that the above tweet was written by the president himself just by looking at his random use of capitalization and "gang members".
Steve Reaves, president of Federal Emergency Management Agency union, said he hasn't heard from any employees who say they support the shutdown. And we gave out 115 yesterday, and we gave it out (the contracts) at a great price.
"I imagine that [President Trump] learned and saw things that he hadn't seen before, which is good for him as Commander-in-Chief", says Banks.
Both sides have dug in, with Democrats refusing to provide $5 billion for Trump's border wall project and the president insisting he will not fully fund the government unless he gets the money. "To them, this is further proof that Washington is dysfunctional no matter who is in charge", he said.
"I don't believe that there's a deal in the near term", Schlapp said in a phone interview.
Presumably he meant the next general election, which will be in November 2020 when he is on the ballot for a second term.
Democrat Jim McGovern of MA attempted to introduce a bill to re-open the government. I'll call it whatever they want ...