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President Trump on Saturday offered to extend protections from deportation for some undocumented immigrants in the U.S., particularly those fleeing violent Central American countries, in exchange for a requested $5.7 billion to build the southern border wall.
Before Trump announced the proposal Saturday, Democratic leaders rejected it as inadequate or even “unacceptable” as details emerged in media reports.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised he would bring the plan to a vote in Republican-controlled chamber by the end of the week, forcing members to take a public stand on the new plan. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters at the White House that work on the plan would start in Congress on Tuesday.
“ Our immigration system should be a source of pride … not a source of shame as it is all over the world,” Trump said in his plea. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted, “What we didn’t hear from the President was any sympathy for the federal workers who face so much uncertainty because of the chaos of the #TrumpShutdown.”
The proposal capped a week of escalating clashes between the president and Mrs. Pelosi, who has refused to consider money for a border wall. After she withdrew her invitation for Mr. Trump’s State of the Union address, the president blocked Mrs. Pelosi and a congressional delegation from traveling on a military plane to visit U.S. troops Afghanistan.
The ongoing partial government shutdown entered its 22nd day Friday, officially becoming the longest in American history. The previous record was 21 days, between President Clinton and the Republican Congress, lasting from December 1995 to January 1996.
Government workers have resorted to shopping at discount stores and selling their things on Facebook Marketplace while bracing for their first missed paycheck on Friday. Some 800,000 are working without pay or being furloughed as the shutdown continues.
Conservative Republicans in Congress are privately warning President Trump not to try to declare an emergency to build his border wall. Members of the House Freedom caucus are worried both about the protracted legal battle and the precedent for a future Democratic president.
The current turmoil in Washington has also caught the attention of credit rating agencies. Should the shutdown last until March, it could prevent Congress from raising the debt ceiling. Fitch warns that could cost the United States its AAA credit rating.
Game theorists have long studied the sort of dilemma currently confounding Pennsylvania Avenue. So, who is to blame for the shutdown?
According to FiveThirtyEight, we are. We, the voters, are watching, which alters the bargainers’ incentives.
The partial shutdown of the federal government entered its second week Saturday, with no apparent end in sight and both sides effectively dug in. Congress stands adjourned until New Year’s Eve, and President Trump remains at the White House.
Some 380,000 federal employees on furlough and 420,000 working without pay are also bracing for a long shutdown. To that end, the Office of Personnel Management tweeted out sample letters for federal employees to send to creditors, mortgage companies, and landlords.
Despite fears to the contrary, Coast Guard members will still receive paychecks on New Year’s Eve. The short-term solution for active duty members, reservists, and retirees was agreed upon by the Trump administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard.
Why did the Democrats shut down a quarter of the federal government to stop Trump’s wall? Because, as Deroy Murdock of National Review opines, Trump loves it. “They hate Trump’s guts more than they love America.”
If conservatives really wanted a wall, writes Vox’s Matthew Yglesias, they would offer something Democrats would want in return. However, the core truth of the standoff, he says, is that immigration hardliners don’t see the wall as a good idea, and thus, won’t trade it for anything.
President Donald Trump and Congress, embroiled in a feud over his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, have only five days to reach a deal before a partial government shutdown could leave about a quarter of the federal workforce without paychecks.
The president wants at least $5 billion for construction on the wall, a steep price tag that Democrats have called a non-starter. They’ve proposed $1.6 billion for what they deem “border security,” arguing that the money won’t go toward a wall.
“Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!”
President Trump is “absolutely” willing to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t authorize funding for a border wall and will do “whatever is necessary” to get the wall built, according to Stephen Miller, a White House senior adviser. “At stake is the question of whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country,” he said.
In a shutdown, many federal employees would be required to work without a guarantee of pay, though Congress typically votes later to pay them retroactively. More than 420,000 federal employees, including 41,000 law-enforcement officials and up to 88% of the Homeland Security Department staff, would be working without pay.