Shutdown bites economy, US Coast Guard, as talks to end impasse stall

Trump signs bill to allow backpay for furloughed federal employees after shutdown

President Donald Trump clipped the wings of Democratic party leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, scrapping her foreign travel plans in a new twist to the government shutdown feud.

All this helps explain why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has refused to force a solution to the standoff. McConnell, instead of focusing on ending the shutdown, has prioritised passing an anti-abortion bill to end tax payer-funded abortions which would inadvertently affect women from the lower income groups. Sometimes the return trip gets delayed - and she's needed in Washington to herd the far-left Democrats and the farther-left Democrats to keep up their nonstop attacks on the president.

"They have right now shut the government down to stop 234 miles of border wall", Cruz said.

Perdue says the USDA is examining its "legal authorities" to ensure it's providing services to its customers during the partial government shutdown, now the longest in US history. None of the House Democrats took Trump up on the offer. Pelosi cited security concerns caused by the government shutdown.

"If you look at the people who are kind of these swing voters, who possibly may not like him for personality or other reasons, the No. 1 reason they will vote for him is because of his stance on border security", Parscale told Fox News last week.

(Washington, D.C.) - In an effort to push President Trump and Senate Republicans to reverse course on their manufactured shutdown of the federal government, today U.S. Senator Patty Murray joined Senate Democrats on the Senate floor and on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to share more stories from Washington state families who have been impacted by the Trump Shutdown.

Hassett told reporters the White House is doubling its estimate of the strain on the economy of the shutdown, and now calculates that it is slowing growth by about 0.1 percentage points a week. He said both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "spent a lot of time" with the Democrats, calling the talks "very sensible discussions that involved listening and speaking".

Trump wrote a letter to Pelosi on Thursday postponing her upcoming trip overseas until the ongoing partial government shutdown is ended.

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To try to take some of the sting out of the shutdown, Trump planned to sign on Wednesday the "Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019", which is legislation that would ensure that those federal workers furloughed will receive backpay once the shutdown is over.

"That work must go on and I think it's vitally important now, in particular that the president has announced withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan, that we understand the situation on the ground".

Earlier, Mrs. Pelosi changed her reasoning for requesting Mr. Trump postpone the January address to a joint session of Congress.

Pelosi, who issued the customary invitation to Trump weeks ago, hit the president in a vulnerable place, as he delights in taking his message to the public and has been preparing for the address for weeks.

The president, on a conference call with supporters Tuesday, showed no signs of backing down.

Campaign aides publicly insist that Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a southern border wall is a victor - despite public polling to the contrary.

The survey, which was conducted two years after Trump's inauguration, reveals deeply partisan but overall negative views on Trump, despite finding that more Americans believe Trump's economic policies have made conditions better than believe his policies have made conditions worse.

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