Ending the federal government shutdown

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Gingrich said even if pockets of the Democratic party are against open borders, its political goals are not going tobe met unless they take down President Trump and whatever his agenda is.

White House officials are expecting a quiet weekend at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "I could do that very quickly", Trump said during a White House event on border security.

Around a quarter of the federal government remains out of operation, with 800,000 employees unpaid for more than three weeks.

The impasse has paralyzed Washington - its impact felt increasingly around the country - with the president retaliating by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute.

If no agreement is reached, then the president should move to declare a national emergency, Graham said on the news program.

"That is not a historical claim that I think any president or any Congress should want to make", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on the shutdown becoming the longest ever in u.s. history. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written", Trump told Fox News's Jeanine Pirro after the New York Times reported that law enforcement officials in 2017 began investigating whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against American interests.

Press reports indicate that budget officials are planning for a shutdown that extends to the end of February, and Trump's argument for the border wall and a possible state of emergency to provide legal means to reprogram existing funds for barrier construction on the border, could form part of the State of the Union address scheduled for January 29.

The shutdown on Saturday exceeded the 1995-1996 funding lapse, when Democrat Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House. That, in turn, could prompt him to sign bills that restore funding to agencies that have been affected by the shutdown.

Since that meeting both sides have blamed each other.

Trump tells Fox News' Jeanine Pirro that he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the US southern border. As for Independent voters, 53% of them blame the Republicans while only 23% of Independents blame the Democrats, and 17% blame both parties equally.

Trump's suggestion that Republicans could stand to benefit from a DACA deal will largely depend on them addressing the issue before Democrats.

Asked if he had ever worked for Russia, Mr Trump replied: "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked". "They never got it done - I will".

Democrats oppose such a declaration but may be powerless to stop it.

First, it would allow him to claim that he was the one to act to reopen the government.

Democrats in Congress insist Republicans step in and force Trump's hand.

And Trump's stated reason for shutting down the government, securing funds for a border wall, also polled poorly.

Congressional Democrats are engaged in a more than three-week battle with Senate Republicans and the White House over funding for a wall along the southern border. Separately, a CNN poll showed 56 percent of Americans oppose construction of Trump's hoped-for border wall.

"Last we looked in one of the two funds there's about $1.2 billion of unobligated dollars", Cassidy said Saturday on Fox News.