A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution today, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall funding that threatens to carry over into January.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are on unpaid furlough and even more are required to work without pay after Trump and Congress could not reach consensus on a short-term funding bill last week.
Furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns.
Trump vowed on his way to Iraq aboard Air Force One that he would stick to his guns in order to resolve the shutdown in Republicans' favor, telling reporters that he'll do just about anything to secure funding for his wall. House Republicans passed a version of a spending bill that included $5.7 billion border wall between the USA and Mexico.
Former GOP adviser Rick Tyler predicted Democrats won't concede to President Donald Trump on the government shutdown since they've got the political upper hand when it comes to the border wall.
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In a Christmas Day video conference, he said some federal workers affected by the shutdown support him in his fight for $5 billion in funding for the border wall. "It hurts their families and it hurts all of our communities", J. David Cox Sr. the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a statement.
"Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border", he tweeted, barely three hours after arriving from the Iraq trip.
The stock market had plummeted in recent days before making a record recovery on Wednesday, as investors reeled from Trump's barrage of criticism against the independent Federal Reserve. That jump-started negotiations between Congress and the White House, but the deadline came and went without a deal.
Those being furloughed include 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service and almost everyone at NASA.
Maria Ortega, 44, who lives near San Diego and is the wife of a Department of Homeland Security worker, said that she and her husband have tried to talk with their two children about the shutdown without scaring them. He asserted without evidence: "Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?"
"Wednesday is really the first day that this kicks in", acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.