No End in Sight as Federal Shutdown Enters Day Ten

| December 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation is ten days into the partial government shutdown, and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.

According to The Washington Post, the bickering over the border wall has continued, with both parties still refusing to budge and no signs of negotiations involving the president.

The partial closure has affected around 800,000 federal workers, leaving them in the limbo of furlough without pay until the questions surrounding the budget can be settled.

The current conflict is centered around the question of funding for the border wall, with the Trump-backed spending bill passed on December 21 by House Republicans including over $5 billion in funding earmarked for border security, which could go toward a wall.

However, Democrats in the Senate have remained firm on holding border security at the current level of $1.3 billion.

While officials from both parties have spoken out on media outlets from CBS to ABC on the differing points of view, no effort at a direct discussion between the two sides has been observed.

Following a lunch with Trump at the White House on Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke to reporters and suggested that the key to winning over Democrats might be offering an extension of legal status for certain immigrants, commonly referred to as “dreamers,” who have been threatened with deportation in exchange for the wall funding. However, others in the Democratic Party do not share Graham’s hopeful perspective based on the failure of previous talks linking the wall funding to the issues with the “dreamers.”

While Graham came forward about a possible deal, many others on Capitol Hill still seem to be more focused on who is to blame for the shutdown than in finding any solution, with Republicans placing the onus of reopening negotiations on the Democrats, and the Democratic leadership urging the Republicans in charge of the Senate, House, and White House to allow a vote to reopen the government.

President Trump, who previously stated he would be “proud” to take credit for a partial shutdown over the border wall funding, has also changed his tune, referring to the “#SchumerShutdown” on Twitter on Sunday, laying blame at the door of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).

With the added indication that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not hold a vote on any spending plan that Trump will not approve, it appears that the shutdown will not end until the President and Democratic leaders can make a deal.

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