Americans Blame GOP and Trump for Government Shutdown, Poll Says

14 January, 2019, 04:13 | Author: Wade Massey
  • President Donald Trump told a White House meeting with state and local officials he was not about to declare a national emergency to fund his controversial border wall project

Friday was the first payday of the year for such workers and contractors, some at home, some forced to work.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is close to President Donald Trump, says he's been pushing the president to reopen the government for a few weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a border wall before bypassing Congress and declaring a national emergency.

Negotiations are at a standstill and no more talks are scheduled for the weekend or early next week.

Mr Trump pushed back last Saturday on a media report that his White House was "chaotic" with no plan or strategy to end the shutdown.

Nearly half of the State Department employees in the USA and about one-quarter overseas have been furloughed during the shutdown. At least one airport planned to close a concourse as absences rose among security screeners who haven't received their wages.

As the shutdown has continued, both the House and Senate have approved legislation that would provide back pay to federal workers once the shutdown ends. Schumer just can not give in against President Trump's demands for border wall funding.

He has also threatened to invoke a national emergency in order to deploy the military to build the wall, essentially circumventing Congress.

Meantime, a separate poll by CNN showed Trump's disapproval rating among Americans had climbed by five points - to 57 percent - in just a month, with just 37 percent approving.

"I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".

The partial shutdown became the longest on record at midnight Friday, when it overtook a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 under president Bill Clinton.

Politicians are due back in Washington from their states and congressional districts in the new week. And less than half view the situation at the border as a crisis (45% say it's a crisis, 52% that it is not).

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The partial government shutdown has now become the longest in United States history. That ended when congressional Republicans agreed to a short-term funding bill for closed agencies that was later extended.

Since that meeting both sides have blamed each other.

The "wall plus" plan could include an extension of temporary protected status for about 400,000 immigrants in the U.S. because of disasters back home in El Salvador and elsewhere, and renewable three-year work permits for young, undocumented "Dreamers", he said.

"See if we can get a deal", Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has called on Trump to invoke emergency action, said on "Fox News Sunday".

"I'm in the White House, waiting". So I will take the mantle.

Democrats in Congress rejected Trump's request that legislation to fund the government include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believed Mr Trump and Republicans would lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, travellers, tourists and others "experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand".

"It's a bad precedent", Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said on CNBC.

Radha Muthiah, head of Capital Area Food Bank, said dozens of volunteers were working to pack bags of food for affected staff. Most came through our Southern Border.

Trump has tried on a number of occasions to blame Democrats for the government shutdown, such as when he tweeted in December that "Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything".

"The easy solution is for me to call a national emergency". "This is money that would otherwise have gone to the cartels".

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