Trump vows no end to shutdown until wall funded

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The chair of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, who encouraged Trump to shut the government down over his demand for $5 billion for the wall, accused Democrats of not budging on their refusal to fund the wall because of their "hatred for the president". During prior shutdowns, lawmakers generally have voted to retroactively pay all employees - those who worked and those who were furloughed - after the government re-opens.

Trump said it was unclear when Democrats would allow the government to reopen. Park roads and grounds at Mount Rushmore National Memorial remain open to visitors, but there are no National Park Service-provided visitor services at Mount Rushmore during the government shutdown.

The stalemate over how much to spend and how to spend it caused the partial government shutdown that began following a lapse in funding for departments and agencies that make up about 25 per cent of the government.

"Many of those workers have said to me, communicated - stay out until you get the funding for the wall".

Asked Wednesday how long he believes the partial shutdown will last, the President held firm on his position. "We need safety for our country", Mr. Trump told reporters after meeting with USA service members in Iraq on Wednesday. Even from this standpoint. "It wasn't really (nerve-wracking), I just had to think of what the truth was". "Don't forget the Democrats all agreed you need a wall, until I wanted it".

Fox News anchor Julie Banderas kicked it off: "If the Republicans don't give what the Democrats want, the shutdown is going to continued until January, then the Democrats take over, then Republicans have no chance of getting the border wall".

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After speaking to American troops deployed around the world on Christmas, Trump said that he would be open to meeting with congressional leaders, but said he didn't know when the government would be reopened.

Snyder works at a bar on the weekends and said he applied to drive for Uber the day after the shutdown - all part of his plan to be able to have enough to prioritize his family if the shutdown persists further into the new year. But Meadows said he also sees "no evidence" Democrats are about to budge. "If this is the hill that the president is going to die on politically, he's in for a rough ride". "I'm not going to blame you for it".

The urgency to complete a deal may be amplified by volatility in the stock market, which suffered the worst decline on Christmas Eve in history and has entered bear market territory in some sectors. Many rank-and-file workers have gone to social media with stories of the financial hardship they expect to face because of the shutdown.

Recent shutdowns have ended with funding bills that include back pay for furloughed federal employees, but there is no guarantee Congress will continue to do so.

He adds that the shutdown has a dire impact on many NFFE employees living paycheck-to-paycheck. I'll call it whatever they want.

Other federal workers are starting to feel the pinch.

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