Lindsey Graham urges Trump to reopen government for three week period

Lindsey Graham urges Trump to reopen government for three week period

A Republican lawmaker advising President Donald Trump said he is encouraging the president to reopen the government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall before the president takes the more drastic step of declaring a national emergency. "But those same conservatives, I'm sure if it's deployed, would embrace him as having done all he could do to negotiate with Democrats". It would take me 15 minutes to get a deal done, and everybody could go back to work.

Lindsey Graham also says Trump still wants to reach a deal for the wall before agreeing to reopen shuttered government departments.

Trump most recently has blamed Democrats for the government shutdown, but before it started December 22, he said he said he would be "proud" to "own" it.

We want this to end, there's no excuse for the shutdown, ' " Durbin said.

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"I could do that very quickly", Trump said during a White House event on border security.

But Republicans who control the Senate have so far stood with Trump and insisted that any spending bills include money for his wall.

In an earlier tweet, he said the wall would "bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!"

The U.S. government shutdown is now 23 days old and shows no sign of a resolution.

About 800,000 federal workers missed their pay for the first time Friday - at least some receiving pay stubs for $0.00 - as unions sued the government for requiring their members to work without pay.

Democrats and the president remain at loggerheads.

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A senior US Republican has urged President Donald Trump to temporarily reopen parts of the government shut down for more than three weeks.

"The easiest solution to the shutdown is to just give President Trump the money for the mandate he received from the American public", he said.

Democrats oppose an emergency declaration but may be powerless to block it.

But Trump said Friday that he wasn't rushing to use that option, which would be challenged in court and, if not overturned, establish a precedent expanding the power of future Democratic presidents.

"At some point, this kind of behaviour will switch economic psychology and cause an economic slowdown so I hope these guys get it together shortly".

Sen. Richard Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that centrist Senate Republicans who sought to broker a deal last week should step forward and make an appeal to their party's leader in the chamber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. "The Republican-controlled Senate and a handful of senators will make that decision". He again sought to blame Democrats, who he said were "everywhere but Washington as people await their pay".

Trump further argued for the efficiency of the wall that he wants to build on the southern U.S. border, stating that it would reduce the crime rate in the country and halt the influx of illegal narcotics.

The White House has suggested building the wall with steel rather than concrete as a key concession.

Oscar Murillo, an aerospace engineer at Nasa, posted his $0 cheque on Twitter and said he had actually lost money because of mandatory deductions. "Clearly the president's got authority under the law, but he's said he doesn't want it to come to that".

As the shutdown drags into a fourth week, each side has blamed the other.

The shutdown on Saturday became the longest USA government closure of the modern era, exceeding the 1995-96 funding lapse. The proportion of TSA workers on unscheduled leave on Saturday was 5.6 percent, compared with 3.3 percent on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said in a tweet. The 800,000 federal civil servants who went without normal pay last week have been furloughed or ordered to work without pay, although they will be paid retroactively when the stalemate over Trump's border wall plan is resolved. Trump has said he'll sign it. Such a move, should Trump ultimately go that route, would nearly certainly be challenged in the courts.

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