Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

USA shutdown breaks all-time record

USA shutdown breaks all-time record

The partial United States government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds. So far the partial shutdown has disrupted essential services including air travel, rubbish collection, and food safety checks.

The move appeared to increase the probability that Trump will declare a national emergency on the border and circumvent Congress to fund a wall.

According to the Huffington Post, the Democrats made bipartisan proposals in Congress which would have allocated approximately $1.3 billion towards border security, including fencing.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently, said that unless Republicans and Democrats strike an unlikely compromise, "I fully expect him to declare a national emergency".

Trump delivered his first Oval Office address about his planned border wall in the middle of the shutdown (Picture: CARLOS BARRIA / POOL / AFP / Getty Images)What is the USA government shutdown about?

"I think it's the most insulting thing I have ever been asked", Trump said.

The last meeting between Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leaders ended with Trump walking out. "I think he's got to do it". The chamber wrapped up business for the week without taking up the House-passed bill.

Trump also shared on Saturday that should the Democrats change their mind about funding the border wall, the shutdown could end in a matter of minutes. That, in turn, could prompt him to sign bills that restore funding to agencies that have been affected by the shutdown.

In the Democrats' weekly address, Representative Scott Peters, who represents a district in San Diego County, California, outlined border security measures such as radar and surveillance via drones, and said "let's re-open the government and talk about these ideas".

Meanwhile, the impact of the shutdown began to mount.

One major airport, Miami International, said it would close an entire terminal this weekend because so many security staff are off sick.

Lawmakers are expected back in Washington next week after Congress adjourned Friday. It is at least the third lawsuit filed by unions on behalf of unpaid workers.

In past all shutdowns, both furloughed and nonfurloughed workers have gotten back pay, though federal contractors and their employees are generally left uncompensated. Some have resorted to selling their possessions or posting appeals on online fundraising sites to help pay their bills.

"This lawsuit is not complicated: We do not believe it is lawful to compel a person to work without paying them", the federation's president, Randy Erwin, said in a statement. "Keep an eye out for warning signs of trouble", Director R.D.

Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday that he would "see what happens over the next few days" but would "likely" invoke emergency powers if he doesn't reach a deal with Democrats.

Separately, Senator Rob Portman and eight other Republican senators introduced legislation that would permanently outlaw the closing of government operations during budget fights, underscoring the growing frustration in Washington.

In December, he tweeted that migrant caravans from Central America were not able to enter the country thanks to "our newly built Walls, makeshift Walls & Fences, or Border Patrol Officers & Military", adding that "our Southern Border is now secure and will remain that way". But the Mexican government has refused and Trump is now demanding that Congress provide funding. "They can name it whatever, they can name it peaches".

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