US budget talks have hit another impasse over immigration, a key Republican negotiator said Sunday, raising the prospect of a second government shutdown if no agreement is reached by this week’s deadline.
Submitting to mounting pressure, US President Donald Trump signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies go back to work.
A splintered Senate voted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 35-day partial government shutdown, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed at temporarily halting the longest-ever closure of the US federal agencies and the damage it's inflicting around the country.
From power restaurants in Washington and a belt-buckle maker in Colorado to a brewery in California, businesses that count heavily on federal employees as customers are feeling the punishing effects of the government shutdown in the US.
US Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in US history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating.
As an ongoing shutdown of the US government over President Donald Trump’s border wall approaches its fifth week, analysts are warning that the cost of keeping federal agencies closed down will soon surpass the $5.7 billion that Trump has requested for his controversial barrier.
The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in US history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess.
The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job.
A defiant President Donald Trump said he was prepared to keep the US government shut down for as long as it takes – months or even years – to force Congress to provide billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico.