No End In Sight To Shutdown

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There appears to be no end in sight for partial government shutdown as the White House and Democrats remain at a stalemate over funding for a border wall. 

After another quick gavel in and out from the House and Senate. The partial government shutdown is now at day 10.

President Trump says he hasn’t changed his mind about what kind of border wall he wants. 

He tweeted this morning, “An all concrete wall was never abandoned… Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a wall that is see through…”

His message follows and interview in the LA Times over the weekend where outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said: “…We left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration…” 

“The wall has become a metaphor for border security. I’ve never been more encouraged that if
we can get people talking, we can find our way out of this mess,” said Senator Lindsey Graham/R-South Carolina.

After a two-hour lunch on Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham said President Trump would be willing to give temporary relief to DACA recipients in exchange for five billion dollars in border security funding. 

“I was in the room when the President said, ‘If Congress passed that I’m going to sign it.’ And then he moved back away from that,” said Senator Jon Tester/D-Montana

Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of federal employees are bracing for the possibility of not getting their first paychecks of 2019. 

After tomorrow, the Smithsonian is expected to close the doors of its museums and the national Zoo because of the government shutdown. 

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