No more votes expected this week on government shutdown

Senate adjourns until next week; no border deal

US in a 'destructive Trump Shutdown' over $5B border wall

"When are they going to say that we need border security?" "It shakes me to the core", she said.

"You start out at $44,000 a year, there's not much room for anything else as far saving money for the next government shutdown, so it puts staff in a very hard situation", he said.

Trump has been acting anything but presidential and has been sending a series of angry tweets about the shutdown and blames Democrats for the stalemate. He claimed that 115 miles of wall was set to be constructed in Texas, and that he would visit the border at the end of January for a groundbreaking ceremony. "That's a big stretch".

Any formula to fully fund the USA government will have to be approved by both houses of Congress and signed by Trump.

Israel has built or is in the midst of building walls and high-tech fences on several of its borders, including a barrier on its Egyptian border that has been credited with largely stemming the flow of migrants from Africa into the country.

Funding for about a quarter of the government expired at midnight early Saturday after lawmakers and the White House failed to reach an agreement on the amount of border wall money to include in a must-pass spending package.

Among the departments without funding are: Justice, Homeland Security, Interior and Treasury. The shutdown has exacerbated the year-end chaos in Washington as well as the downfall of stock markets, amid the ouster of Defence Secretary James Mattis and troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan and the Russian Federation investigation. Only 33 percent of respondents support such a plan, including 75 percent of Republicans, 32 percent of independents and just 4 percent of Democrats. The stock market is tanking and the president is waging a personal war on the Federal Reserve - after he just fired the Secretary of Defense, they noted.

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Steve Reaves, president of Federal Emergency Management Agency union, said he hasn't heard from any employees who say they support the shutdown.

All the major actors in the government-shutdown drama have seen their standing suffer with the public. A deal to end the funding dispute appears to be a distant prospect as Congress adjourned on the weekend for Christmas.

Trump's decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria was swiftly followed by the resignation of Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump: "Everybody and his uncle" and "her aunt" wants Matiss's job Trump indicates he won't rush to name Mattis replacement Have no fear of stock market unrest MORE, a general who has the confidence of many senators on both sides of the aisle.

In a statement that made no mention of the border wall, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "The President has made clear that any bill to fund the Government must adequately fund border security". "It's a barrier from people pouring into our country...a barrier from drugs", Trump told reporters in his Oval office.

Large sections of the almost 3,200km border with Mexico are already divided by fences and other barriers.

Trump's 39 percent approval rating matches the lowest point of his popularity, in August 2017, when he condemned "many sides" for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist drove a auto into a group of protesters, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, and causing injuries to 19 others.

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