Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Chuck Schumer doesn't deserve a pass for government shutdown

Chuck Schumer doesn't deserve a pass for government shutdown

"I can't tell you when the government is going to be open". As he fights for funding, President Trump claimed there is building being done already, specifically in San Diego, where he said the wall will be done soon.

US Democratic leaders charged Monday that President Donald Trump was "plunging the country into chaos" with multiple crises and said he was offering no way to end a government shutdown.

Trump made these remarks while taking questions from reporters during a briefing with U.S. military leaders shortly after landing in Iraq.

He promised to keep fighting for wall funding. "It's stressful for staff, it's stressful for inmates, and the government shutdown and not knowing if you're going to get a paycheck in a couple of weeks is an unneeded stress", he said. Just remember: "the people in our country, we're very proud of you".

In a nod to the political stakes he has been facing, Mr Trump said he wants the wall by "election time" in 2020.

The shutdown - which could last into the new year - is the result of an impasse between Republicans, Democrats and the White House over how much money to allocate to President Donald Trump's border wall.

Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they will get 24 hours' notice before having to return for a vote.

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Trump didn't say how he's hearing from federal workers, excluding those he appointed to their jobs or who work with him in the White House.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leaders of Congress, said Trump "wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out it". If the shutdown continues into 2019, she has vowed that her new Democratic majority will act quickly to pass legislation reopening the government.

About 25 per cent of the federal government has been shut down amid the standoff, with roughly 800,000 federal workers nationwide expected to be affected.

Democrats have supported including an additional US$1.3 billion in border security funding, at one point agreeing to an additional US$1.6 billion during negotiations with congressional Republicans. About 8 in 10 employees of the National Park Service are staying home, and many parks have closed. Many are still working but must wait until after the shutdown to be paid again.

"I do find the president's comments in that regard a little bit ridiculous", adds Erwin, whose organization represents more than 110,000 federal workers across the United States, in departments ranging from the Social Security Administration to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Trump declined to say whether he would accept $2 billion for new fencing, as is said to have proposed to Schumer. While the caravan of thousands approached our borders, Democrats argued that it was no more than a spontaneous effort by oppressed women and children seeking a safe harbor.

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