Pelosi writes that "given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened". The shutdown, already the longest ever, entered its 26th day Wednesday.
"While many Democrats in the House and Senate would like to make a deal, Speaker Pelosi will not let them negotiate", Trump claimed during remarks at the Pentagon.
Since then, the shutdown has stretched into a fourth week while the White House is warning that the funding lapse could have a sustained negative impact on economic growth as almost 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay. "I don't think that helps anything", Sen.
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New lawmakers who attended the meeting said the conversation was respectful, but none could name progress the talks made toward reopening shuttered government agencies. "You've got to tell the uncle upstairs, 'That's unacceptable'".
Underscoring that, Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said Republicans were divided over a proposal by Sens. Trump has previously spurned the idea. Chris Coons of DE were organizing a bipartisan letter asking Trump to agree to the idea of reopening the government for three weeks to allow time for negotiations on border security. Lindsay Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has been working on bipartisan strategies to resolve the shutdown. "Because if you do it now, they'll shut down the government next year for something else.' I share that sentiment".
The shutdown is dragging on due to an entrenched stalemate between Trump and congressional Democratic leaders over funding for the president's proposed border wall. Democrats say they won't give him any wall funds but have been willing to provide $1.3 billion for other types of border security, like technology and some physical barriers. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, the President gets most of the blame for the shutdown, and for the first time in four months his approval rating has dropped below 40%. He said the "hope is this resolves quickly and that it won't have a major impact on the long-run outlook, even though it does have a major impact on individual lives". That means GOP senators abandon Trump at their own peril. Democratic leaders have not budged on that issue, leading White House negotiators to try to target moderate members to put pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
"Right. So what happens is that when the Bureau of Economic Analysis, when they calculate GDP, what they do is they basically have to estimate how much the government produces, and their estimate of how much the government produces is based on just government workers going to work and getting paid", Hassett replied.