The partial government shutdown that has created a state of uncertainty in US President Donald Trump administration, is bound to continue into new year after House of Representatives members being told not to expect further votes this week.
President Trump seems to be adamant in his stand and continues to view to hold the line on his demand for money to build a border wall, for which he said the US “desperately” needs.
He made it clear that the shutdown would remain in place until Congress supplies billions of dollars for the wall on the US-Mexico border. He called on Democrats in Congress to fund his wall, saying the shutdown affects their supporters.
Virginia Democratic Sen Mark Warner called President Trump’s comments “outrageous”. In his tweet, he added: “Federal employees don’t go to work wearing red or blue jerseys. They’re public servants. And the President is treating them like poker chips at one of his failed casinos.”
The shutdown started on Saturday when funding lapsed for nine Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies. About 420,000 workers were deemed essential and are working unpaid, while an additional 380,000 have been put on hold.
While the White House was talking to congressional Democrats – and staff talks continued on Capitol Hill – negotiations dragged on, dimming hopes for a swift breakthrough.