In just six days Democrats will control the U.S. House of Representatives, at which time they will probably make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House, arguably the second most powerful position in Washington.
Donald Trump is already losing his shutdown battle with Democrats. After his return from Iraq today he immediately began tweeting desperately, threatening to hold Democratic voters hostage until he gets funding for his border wall with Mexico. But two new polls show that his position is very unpopular.
With Congress on break for a long Christmas weekend we know that Trump’s government shutdown will last until at least Thursday. If it goes on much longer than that it won’t be the fault of Democrats, however. It will because Republicans on Capitol Hill can’t agree among themselves how to end the impasse.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) had harsh words for President Trump early Saturday morning over that they are calling “the Trump shutdown.”
According to the editors of the Washington Post, people “go into public service to make sacrifices and to accomplish some good for their fellow citizens, not to be pawns in pointless political gamesmanship.”
President Donald Trump has a deadline of midnight tonight. If he doesn’t sign a bill providing money needed by key federal agencies by that time, there will be a partial government shutdown.
While millions of Americans look on with shock and horror, the president seems to be enjoying himself. On Friday he bragged that a federal government closure would drag on “for a very long time.”
On Monday they contacted the White House, asking that the president back off his threat of a partial shutdown if he doesn’t get funding for his border wall. If he doesn’t, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will stop receiving paychecks by the end of this week.
Republicans in Congress are expecting a partial government shutdown, “just in time for Christmas,” but they would probably rather have a lump of coal.
President Trump’s harmful comments at a White House meeting with congressional Democrats on Tuesday about how he would accept blame for a shutdown have made the partial shutdown scenario much more likely. And GOP members of Congress are not happy about it.
U.S. lawmakers struggled on Sunday to reach a breakthrough during the second day of a government shutdown.
If Republicans and Democrats are unable to resolve their differences, federal agencies could remain partially closed when the work week begins on Monday.
Tourists who came to Battery Park in lower Manhattan hoping to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday, learning the must-see destination was closed because of the U.S. government shutdown.
President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to extend federal funding, forcing some government facilities to shutdown.