Congress prepares to skip planned recess if shutdown goes on


Meanwhile, 380,000 federal employees have been going without pay. "Under no circumstances during the government shutdown will and government owned, operated, leased, or chartered aircraft support and Congressional delegation, without [White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's] expressed written approval". It was not immediately clear where the money was found, but the department said it had taken steps to "make available additional funds to pay the salaries of its employees, including those affected by the current lapse".

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is temporarily reopening an agency that provides resources to farmers and ranchers.

The tweet comes a day after Trump denied Pelosi the use of a military plane for a trip overseas after she demanded that he delay his State of the Union address.

The president's planned January 29 address became a potential casualty of the four-week partial government shutdown after the Democratic leader cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security.

Trump is trying to get congressional Democrats to agree to as much as $5 billion in additional funding for the President's signature campaign promise of a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

Trump said at the Pentagon on Thursday the government remains shut down because congressional Democrats refuse to approve border security.

House Democrats who had been slated for the trip were left fuming, including freshman congresswoman Elaine Luria, a 20-year Navy veteran who said the goal was to express appreciation to Americans in uniform and gain critical intelligence on the ground.

The Democrats in the House of Representatives have refused to include the money in the 2019 budget, saying the wall is "immoral". Some were puzzled by Mr. Trump's claim that rank-and-file Democrats looking to make a shutdown deal are being held back by party leaders.

Both sides sought to ratchet up the pressure over the longest government shutdown in US history.

President Trump canceled a military flight Thursday that was set to deliver House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation to visit North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels and USA troops in Afghanistan. And that not knowing when her paycheck will come is very stressful-to say the least.

Seven Democratic lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen, have arrived at the White House ready to ask President Donald Trump to reopen the government while talks continue over border security. "The extraordinary demands presented by NSSEs require weeks of detailed planning with dozens of agencies working together to prepare for the safety of all participant", Pelosi said.

Or, he could take the unprecedented step of delivering the State of the Union from the border at McAllen, Texas - complete with families of victims murdered by killers in the US illegally and uniformed border patrolmen. The consensus among Republicans is that the speaker does not want Trump to be in a venue in which he can point to her and other Democratic leaders and challenge them to vote for his $5.6 billion to build his border wall.

"It is an atrocity what is happening to ordinary workers", he said. Typically, fewer than 1,000 former federal employees apply for jobless benefits each week.

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Since then, United States officials and Trump himself have suggested the withdrawal would be slower than initially thought . President Donald Trump said the group had been defeated there and that he would pull out all American forces.

The No. 2 Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer, called the 800,000 furloughed and unpaid government workers "hostages" to the president and described Trump's actions as "petty, mean-spirited and beneath any president of the United States to take".

If they didn't, the administration wouldn't be calling back more and more of them from furlough.

The shutdown began December 22 and is the longest ever, entering its 27th day Thursday.

Lawmakers were supposed to be in their districts and states next week after Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but the House and Senate planned to cancel the recess if the shutdown persists.

The Transportation Security Administration says 6.1 percent of its airport screeners missed work Wednesday.

"All too often in the last two years, the president has acted like he's in the 5th grade", said Schiff. The sick-out rate was 7.7 percent on Sunday.

The government shutdown is taking a toll on a wildfire fight that hasn't even started yet.

The winter months are critical for fire managers.

Salaries can not be guaranteed beyond the next pay period, which ends on February 14, if the shutdown does not end by then, the department said.

"I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is appropriate".

Pelosi said, "I'm not denying the platform at all".

An effort by the White House to divide House Democrats fizzled when centrist and freshmen Democrats didn't accept a White House invitation to lunch with Trump on Tuesday.