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Government Shutdown Set to Drag on Through Christmas, as 400,000 Federal Workers Go Without Pay
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=45609"><span class="small">Addy Baird, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:18

Baird writes: "The government is set to remain partially shut down through at least Thursday, because President Trump demanded billions of dollars in taxpayer money to fund a border wall he promised Mexico would pay for."

Mitch McConnell. (photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
Mitch McConnell. (photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

Government Shutdown Set to Drag on Through Christmas, as 400,000 Federal Workers Go Without Pay

By Addy Baird, ThinkProgress

23 December 18

President Trump is demanding $5 billion for a border wall he promised Mexico would pay for.

he government is set to remain partially shut down through at least Thursday, because President Trump demanded billions of dollars in taxpayer money to fund a border wall he promised Mexico would pay for.

On Saturday, both the Senate and the House adjourned for the Christmas holiday, and the shutdown began just after midnight. Shortly before Congress adjourned, the Washington Post reported, Trump met with conservative Republicans and sent Vice President Mike Pence to meet with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY).

“The vice president came in for a discussion and made an offer. Unfortunately, we’re still very far apart,” a spokesperson for Schumer said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Trump said repeatedly he would “own” the shutdown.

“I will take the mantle,” Trump said during a meeting with Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the White House. “I’m not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting down, and I’m going to shut it down for border security.”

Despite the promise, Trump and his allies have been pointing fingers at Democrats, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has blamed the Senate.

“Whatever the Senate can pass, and the president will sign, we stand ready. The bill is over there,” Ryan told the Post.

But in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the government would remain closed “until the president and Senate Democrats have reached an agreement.”

Nearly 400,000 federal workers will go without pay until the government reopens. As of Sunday morning, funding for national parks operations, homeland security, tax collection, transportation, and law enforcement have expired. The rest of the government, including the military, is funded through next September, but the longer the shutdown lasts, the more services will lose funding.

Some “essential” federal workers at various agencies will continue working through the shutdown without pay, including, as the Post noted, many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers, with holiday travel in full swing. Congress has, after every previous shutdown, passed legislation to retroactively pay employees.

“At midnight last night, roughly 25 percent of the government shut down because of one person and one person alone: President Trump,” Schumer said Saturday. “We arrived at this moment because President Trump has been on a destructive two-week temper tantrum… If you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple.”

Schumer and Pelosi say they support $1.3 billion in spending for border security, but they will not support any of that money going toward building a wall. Instead, they said, it should go toward technology like drones.

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+4 # chapdrum 2018-12-23 23:13
Merry Christmas, from the Family Values Party. As ever; then, now and in the future.
-5 # BKnowswhitt 2018-12-24 03:19
All happened before .. political theatrics .. Trump is versatile uses the options he has available .. nothing by mean about his policies on this one .. just that this is not unusual .. as for Wall Street .. fuckem all ...
+1 # Robbee 2018-12-24 12:25
Government Shutdown Set to Drag on, Addy Baird, ThinkProgress, 23 December 18

despite a trillion dollar annual deficits, everyone must chip in their fair, societal tax burden to afford one of the countless luxuries of zenophobia?

everyone but, of course, billionaires and corporations, that we have carried all the way to dickhead's border wall, and would rather punt them over instead?

trillions for defense! but not one penny for tribute to zenophobes?

what's wrong with this picture?

and, by the way, why won't mcconnel? pictured above? declare the nuclear option and pass dickhead's $5 billion pork barrel by simple-majority vote? just like ryan's last budget? - is payback mcconnel's hell?

mcconnell, "think about the future!" - the joker, batman movie -

in 2020 dems will become the senate majority? and when all laws pass by simple-majority ? who will protect white zenophobes? from congress?

2 days after the midterms, in her speech at the white house, nancy pointed out that she has won every battle against dickhead's regime except the tax giveaway, for which not one single dem in congresss voted! including each of dickhead's shutdowns! from repuke congress and prez she gained important concessions for americans!

perhaps this is a window for daca? deportations limited to felons? an end to separating families at our border? an end to rape camps for kids? a path to citizenship? a wall limited to steel slats?

go nancy!
0 # RLF 2018-12-27 06:51
Pelosi didn't want to win the tax bill. Just look at HER tax forms!
0 # DongiC 2018-12-25 03:23
The Democrats are holding fast, finally. Trump's imperial tactics are meeting a wall of resistance and the bully-in-chief is totally frustrated. So he closes down the government. What's next? Locking Schumer and Pelosi up?
0 # Kiwikid 2018-12-25 14:24
Give him his $5 billion wall for goodness sake! Its a drop in your federal bucket. My belief is that it would draw his power if the Dems WILLINGLY gave it to him - knowing that however ignorant it is, it was one of the main planks that got him elected. His modus operandi is grievance. He will struggle to rev up his base if he has what they think they want. He'll be easier to get rid of. Very little of the money will be spent before he's gone, and the 'sensibles' that will hopefully replace him can park it. It would be a good investment in your future.