US government shutdown: how bad is it and can it be resolved?

Trump Quotes Obama Clinton ‘Build a Barrier’ to Fight Illegal Immigration		6 Jan 2019Washington DC

Democrats, who retook control of the House last week, have passed measures that would fund the federal agencies affected, but Trump has balked at any legislation that does not meet his demand for border wall funding. Democrats are refusing to pay for it, noting that he repeatedly promised that Mexico would foot the bill for it. Vice President Mike Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea.

Last week, he said the shutdown could last for months or even years. But he says Trump isn't budging on his demand for billions for his border wall.

"We're going to continue to carry that case forward until the Democrats in Congress come to the table and start negotiating, not just to end the government shutdown but to address what is an undeniable crisis at our southern border".

U.S. President Barack Obama listens to questions during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, June 23, 2009.

While explaining his position, Morgan recalled the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was initially created to "help protect the American people" and make United States borders "more secure", hinting that "the strategy has never changed". Many officials and workers are now openly criticizing the President for holding them hostage in a fight they have nothing to do with. "He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", Mulvaney said.

But he said that if Trump did use a national emergency, the president would be like authoritarian leaders of other nations who use martial law to circumvent the rule of law. An impasse over funding for the border wall led to the shuttering of the government before Christmas; the shutdown is now in its third week.




He's also signaling a change in language when it comes to the wall, tweeting, "We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete".

"Maybe he thinks he can bully us".

"I do not believe that holding government workers and all those affected by government services hostage is the way to determine how best to secure our borders, which everyone wants", said Sen.

The letter from Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought sought funding for a "steel barrier on the Southwest border".

At the White House, on Monday, spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp complained that Democratic leaders have yet to define what they mean when they say they are for enhancing border security.

Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based near the border in Blaine, Wash., said those border guards - many of whom are supportive of the president's border-security efforts - may soon stop showing up for work as they begin to feel the shutdown's financial impact.

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