Democrats fail to push latest funding bill to reopen U.S. govt

WH: Economic damage from shutdown worse than predicted

This became standard practice in 1801 with President Thomas Jefferson, who thought an in-person speech would be too reminiscent of a royal proclamation.

Trump walked out of the last meeting he had with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and no Democrats attended a meeting between Trump and rank-and-file lawmakers at the White House on Tuesday.

A partial shutdown of the USA government, which is based on a dispute over a proposed wall on the United States border with Mexico, has further polarized U.S. voters, with support for the barrier moving in opposite directions depending on one's political leanings, a new Pew Research Center poll revealed on Wednesday.

Nielsen's letter gave the same designation to other events like a presidential inauguration, a joint session of congress with SCOTUS in attendance, Republican and Democratic conventions and state funerals.

The head of the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged to his staff on Wednesday that frontline officers are increasingly calling out of work due to financial hardship caused by the government shutdown, spokesperson Michael Bilello told ABC News. "But the number of people willing to take actions that they know the president doesn't agree with and won't be successful is a much smaller number, if that number exists at all".

Trump stayed quiet on the request throughout the day.

"[We're] committed to resolving our current budget stalemate by strengthening border security and ending the government shutdown", the draft letter said. On Monday the president shared an op-ed from the conservative outlet The Daily Caller that was purportedly penned by a "senior Trump official."

The House and Senate had previously voted overwhelmingly in favor of the act. "Republican support for the wall is at record high, while Democratic support has reached a new low". The previous longest was 21 days in 1995-96, when Bill Clinton was president. McConnell has repeatedly said he will not entertain spending bills to re-open the government unless Trump has signaled he will sign the legislation.

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The shutdown has left approximately 800,000 federal workers without pay. That was the practice in the past.

Instead, at her overcrowded weekly press conference it was President Donald Trump that Pelosi excoriated for what she called the "Trump shutdown". Mr. Trump said Pelosi could still use commercial transportation for the trip. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen denied anyone's safety is compromised, saying both agencies "are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union".

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it would recall 50,000 furloughed workers and put them back to work without pay by changing their status from "furloughed" to "essential" in an effort to reduce pressure from voters to end the shutdown, Bloomberg reports.

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips said Wednesday that the fact that lawmakers of both parties were sitting down and talking with Trump was progress in itself.

The White House hosted a bipartisan group of politicians, followed by a group of Republican senators, on the 26th day of the shutdown, with no sign of breaking through the impasse over Mr Trump's demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border.

The letter, drafted by Senators Lindsey Graham, the Republican from SC, and Christopher Coons, the Democrat from DE, sets out a commitment indicating they'll work toward a border wall security package with the president if he reopens the government for a limited period.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has been working on bipartisan strategies, declared glumly: "I am running out of ideas".

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