Trump signs law ensuring shutdown pay for government workers

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The political tit-for-tat between Trump and Pelosi underscored the tension between the two leaders, both playing to their core supporters as they battle over the president's demand for money to build a U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Postponing the address would deny Mr Trump the opportunity to make a case for his border wall in a prime-time televised address. "We'll be out for a long time".

S. 24, the "Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019", which requires the compensation of government employees for wages lost, work performed, or leave used during a lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018, and entitles excepted employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations.

There was no immediate response from the White House.

The shutdown is the longest ever, entering its 27th day Thursday.

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips said Wednesday that the fact that lawmakers of both parties were sitting down and talking with Trump was progress in itself.

The White House has threatened to veto the stopgap bills, saying they fall short on border security funding. Chris Coons of DE are leading a renewed effort to persuade Trump to let the government reopen for three weeks in return for a commitment from lawmakers to try to address his concerns about border security in that period. Nine House Republicans-none of whom are involved in party leadership-attended the private lunch.

"The President and his team had a constructive meeting with bipartisan members of the problem solvers caucus", Sanders said.

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"Trump never formally requested $5 billion for the wall, instead communicating the number privately to lawmakers in recent weeks", the Post said. In January, the House then passed those same bipartisan bills and sent them to the Senate.

Some Republicans accused Democrats of politicizing disaster aid, noting that the bill put many GOP lawmakers who support Trump's proposed border wall in the position of voting against disaster aid for their own districts. Not one to kowtow to Democrats, or communicate with the written word, Trump may double down on his signature blockbuster spectacle. Donald Ritchie, former historian of the Senate, said that anytime a president comes to speak, it must be at the request of Congress. Trump could opt to deliver a speech somewhere else, like the Oval Office, but it would not have the same ritualistic heft.

"I am running out of ideas", said Sen.

Congress is planning to skip next week's planned recess if the partial government shutdown continues.

But on Tuesday, there was an updated figure: 0.13 percentage point every week. "Ultimately Steny and I came to an agreement that we would do a unanimous consent resolution to vacate the previous vote and come back with a recorded vote when we return".

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it was recalling about 2,500 furloughed Farm Service Administration employees to assist farmers with existing loans and ensure the agency meets a deadline for providing tax documents.

Said Sen. Chris Coons (D) of Delaware, "The shutdown will eventually take us to a place where the average American is angry at and sick of all of us".

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