Mulvaney: 'Very possible' shutdown goes into 2019

Mulvaney: 'Very possible' shutdown goes into 2019

Mulvaney: 'Very possible' shutdown goes into 2019

"Now we're between $1.6 billion and 5". They have offered to keep spending at existing levels of $1.3 billion for border fencing and other security.

Mulvaney also acknowledged during his interview that Trump's personality has made it more hard to navigate through the government shutdown.

He pointed out other times when Senate Democrats had voiced support for border wall funding and yet now objected to any funds that would go toward an actual wall. Several Cabinet departments and agencies have been closed since Saturday after their funding lapsed.

Trump reversed course Thursday and rejected a measure that had unanimously passed the Senate and was under House consideration.

Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas, respectively, are federal holidays, meaning the government would have been closed anyway. Now, three days into the shutdown, his budget chief says it could drag into the New Year.

He predicted it could extend into January, when Democrats will assume control of the House based on their midterm election gains.

A top White House official says it's "very possible" the partial government shutdown will stretch into next year.

In their statement, Pelosi and Schumer said "different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the president would accept or not accept to end his Trump Shutdown, making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment".

"This is our only chance that we'll ever have, in our opinion, because of the world and the way it breaks out, to get great border security", Mr Trump said last Friday. "We arrived at this moment because President Trump has been on a destructive, two week temper tantrum, demanding the American taxpayer pony up for an expensive and ineffective border wall that the president promised Mexico would pay for".

"This is something that is unnecessary".

Some national parks have shuttered completely, but New York's governor provided funding to the Statue of Liberty monument and Ellis Island so those attractions could remain open.

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The disruption affects 800,000 federal employees. After every previous shutdown, Congress has passed legislation to retroactively pay employees.

Congress has always approved back pay for all federal workers after past shutdowns.

January 3 is the day that the new Congress will convene and the Democrats will take over the House of Representatives, after winning it in the polls in November.

Trump savored the prospect of a shutdown over the wall for months. In retaliation, Trump is refusing to sign a broader spending bill, triggering a stand-off that has left swathes of the USA government temporarily without funding.

There was a flurry of activity Friday night and Saturday, including a proposal to end the impasse from the White House to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. But the senator's spokesman said they remained "very far apart" on a spending agreement.

Conservative Republicans welcomed the ensuing confrontation but most of the party wanted to avoid it, because polling shows the public oppose both the wall and a shutdown over it. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said: "This is a complete failure of negotiations and a success for no one".

Trump, who canceled his holiday vacation to Florida due to the budget wrangling, has dug in on his demand for US$5 billion (RM20.9 billion) to build the border wall, a signature campaign promise and part of his effort to reduce illegal immigration.

Among those set to be furloughed: 52,000 staffers at the Internal Revenue Service, slowing analysis and collection of hundreds of thousands of tax returns and audits. Many national parks were expected to close.

Some agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, were already funded and will operate as usual.

"For instance, those protecting our borders with the Customs and Border Patrol will continue to do so", the official said. About 420,000 were deemed essential workers and will work unpaid in the lead-up to Christmas.

But while trying to pin the blame on opposition Democrats, Mulvaney, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", acknowledged that Trump's adamant stance on the wall played a role. A drawdown of troops in Afghanistan also appeared to be in the works. Durbin spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press" and Corker was interviewed on "State of the Union" on CNN.

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