WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A partial U.S. government shutdown appeared likely to drag by way of the Christmas vacation after the Senate adjourned on Saturday with no deal to finish an deadlock over President Donald Trump’s demand for extra funds for border safety.
Talks between Senate Democrats and the White House appeared to yield no progress, main Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to ship senators dwelling.
McConnell left open the potential of a Senate vote ought to a deal to re-open the government be reached within the coming days, however the logistics of staging votes within the Senate after which the House of Representatives over the vacation would make a fast decision troublesome.
The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on Thursday.
Lawmakers will depart with Trump and Senate Democrats seemingly as entrenched of their positions as ever.
About three-quarters of federal government applications are funded by way of to Sept 30 subsequent 12 months, however the financing for all others – together with the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Agriculture – expired at midnight.
Federal parks closed and greater than 400,000 federal “essential” staff in these businesses will work with out pay till the dispute is resolved. Another 380,000 can be “furloughed”, that means they’re put on non permanent go away.
The White House on Saturday reiterated that Trump was nonetheless urgent for $5 billion for a wall or barrier alongside the border with Mexico and different safety enhancements.
Following a gathering on the White House with a number of lawmakers – all Republicans, Trump once more tweeted concerning the want for border safety to push back “the crisis of illegal activity,” although this time he referred to as for “a great Steel Barrier or Wall.”
In flip, the Senate’s prime Democrat, Chuck Schumer, mentioned any proposal that might included cash for a wall can be rejected by his caucus.
An afternoon assembly between Schumer, Vice President Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney offered no decision. McConnell adjourned the Senate afterward.
Republican Senator Richard Shelby, who attended the White House assembly with Trump, mentioned it was unlikely a stopgap funding measure was imminent, however mentioned that Trump “wants to end the shutdown.”
Reporting by James Oliphant, Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson; Additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Roberta Rampton, Katanga Johnson, and Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Alistair Bell