Shutdown in US now long­est in his­tory

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

The par­tial shutdown of the US gov­ern­ment has be­come the long­est clo­sure on record and is now into its 23rd day.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and ner­vous Re­pub­li­cans have been scram­bling to find a way out of the dead­lock, which left fed­eral work­ers with­out pay on Fri­day.

Ear­lier the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Sen­ate voted to give fed­eral work­ers back pay when the gov­ern­ment re­opens, although the cham­bers are not sit­ting over the week­end.

Mr Trump is said to have pri­vately con­sid­ered declar­ing a national emer­gency to build the wall be­tween the US and Mex­ico with­out a new stream of cash from Congress.

How­ever mem­bers of his own party have been fiercely de­bat­ing that idea, and the pres­i­dent has urged Congress to come up with an­other solution.

“What we’re not look­ing to do right now is a national emer­gency,” Mr Trump said.

He in­sisted that he had the au­thor­ity to do that, adding that he is “not go­ing to do it so fast” be­cause he would still pre­fer to work a deal with Congress.

In sep­a­rate news the White House has con­demned a re­port that the FBI opened an in­quiry into whether Pres­i­dent Trump was se­cretly work­ing for Rus­sia.

Don­ald Trump

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