USA partial government shutdown becomes longest on record

The US government has been in shutdown for a record-equalling 21 days

The US government has been in shutdown for a record-equalling 21 days

I will declare a national emergency. Milstead said a barrier of steel slats that border agents can see through and animals and waters can pass through - much like what exists at the border now - could work.

Waiting three weeks would take the negotiations past Trump's State of the Union address later this month.

The longest federal government shutdown in American history ground into a fourth week Saturday, Jan. 12, with President Donald Trump showing fresh defiance on Twitter, congressional Democrats firmly resolved to resist his calls for a border wall, and unpaid workers caught in the middle.

Additionally, To break things down a little further, 85% of Democrats blame Trump and the Republicans, while 68% of Republicans blame Democrats. Thirteen percent blame both equally.

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The increase in support is sharpest among Republicans, whose backing for Trump's long-standing campaign promise jumped 16 points in the past year, from 71 per cent to 87 per cent.

Morgan echoed President Trump's message to America by saying the current situation at the southern border is a "national security and humanitarian crisis".

"Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown, while at the same time ending the disgusting humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border". The poll finds that 42 per cent of Democrats who oppose the wall say congressional Democrats should refuse to budge even if it extends the shutdown; 37 per cent say they should compromise with Trump.

Trump also suggested that he is open to including protections for "dreamers", who were brought to the country illegally as children, as part of a deal. But Trump said he wants to give Congress a chance to negotiate a deal.

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The shutdown is now the longest in United States history, surpassing the 21-day closure that began during Bill Clinton's presidency in 1995.

Mr Trump, however, acknowledged that such a move would likely trigger a legal battle ending in the Supreme Court. "Clearly the president's got authority under the law, but he's said he doesn't want it to come to that". The president vowed to veto any spending bill that does not contain the 5.7 billion U.S. dollars he is demanding to fund a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, while the Democratic lawmakers vowed to block any spending bill containing any kind of wall funds. Later Saturday, he supplemented a day's worth of tweets by telephoning in to Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Pirro from the White House to continue his public relations blitz for the wall.

Trump is considering a possible national emergency declaration that would end the shutdown and allow him to obtain his wall funding by circumventing Congress. Sixty-six percent of respondents, however, oppose Trump using emergency powers to get a border wall built-something he has floated during the shutdown.

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently. He was trying make the case that unauthorized immigration was a national crisis that merited an appropriation of $5.7 billion for new border wall construction, an assertion Democratic lawmakers denied.

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Opponents say such a unilateral presidential move would be constitutional overreach and set a unsafe precedent in similar controversies. "As a candidate, this is what he talked about, and if there's any mandate he can claim from his election, it was better border security and keeping this nation safe". Graham and Coons spoke on "Fox News Sunday". No meetings between White House officials and congressional staff are scheduled, and no appearances by the President are expected - only tweets.

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