Trump's budget director predicts government shutdown could last into 2019

The partial government shutdown that began Saturday at midnight may well continue past the end of the month and into the new Congress due to be sworn in January 3, incoming acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney indicated on Fox News Sunday.

Trump also said on Twitter he would be inviting lawmakers to the White House on Saturday to discuss the situation - saying the talks would be on border security - but did not provide details on who would attend. "The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can't score because he has no touch - he can't putt!" the president tweeted from the White House.

Democrats are staunchly opposed, and in the absence of a deal, federal funds for dozens of agencies lapsed.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently threatened a prolonged shutdown during a speech on the Senate floor.

"As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today. It's unnecessary", Philip Gibbs, a retired business professor from South Virginia, said of the shutdown.

Jeffrey Grignon, a Wisconsin healthcare worker, said politicians of both parties "need to stop acting like children".

"It isn't just one or two people". The organizers of the GoFundMe page says they plan to raise awareness for immigration reform.

"I don't think the shutdown will pressure president Trump at all", said Vander Griend, of Tennessee. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Tourists could still visit open-air sites on the Mall but found public restrooms locked.

Donald Trump has warned it could be "a long stay" as he negotiates with Democrats to end a partial U.S. government shutdown.

If there's no agreement, many lawmakers won't return until the new session of Congress starts on January 3, when Democrats take control of the House.

Among the "yes" votes were Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray, the top three Senate Democrats.

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the partial shutdown of the government after not receiving the US$5 billion needed to build the wall.

Most critical United States security functions remain operational, but 800,000 federal workers are impacted, with many furloughed just days before Christmas while others deemed essential are working unpaid.

Former assistant secretary of state for President George W. Bush weighs in on the partial government shutdown. The remaining parts of the government, including the Defense Department, Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, were already funded and won't be affected by the shutdown, nor with mandatory entitlement programs like Social Security payments.

Says Mulvaney: "We moved off of the five and we hope they move up from their 1.3". The House is likely to follow suit.

Interior secretary Ryan Zinke, who greeted visitors at the Second World War memorial and other sites in Washington during the last shutdown, said he is stepping down at the end of the year. "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".

Schumer made a counteroffer on border security, according to a Democratic source familiar with the negotiations - before Saturday when he met with Vice President Mike Pence - to Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby and that was rejected by the White House.

  • Jon Douglas