Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Top Republicans oppose border ‘emergency’ as shutdown drags on

Top Republicans oppose border ‘emergency’ as shutdown drags on

By a wide margin, more Americans blame President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress than congressional Democrats for the now record-breaking government shutdown, and most reject the president's assertion that there is an illegal-immigration crisis on the southern border, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

There has been some talk that Trump will declare a national emergency in order to fund the wall, but if he chooses not to go down that route, it is seeming very unlikely that Democrats will concede much to his demands, even less so now that this poll puts things in their favor.

"I do think if we reopen the government, if the president ends this shutdown crisis, we have folks who can negotiate a responsible, modern investment in technology that will actually make us safer", Mr Coons said. "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.

Under the shutdown, 800,000 federal employees are furloughed and government services have been cut across the nation. Another Republican, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump is "willing to meet in the middle" to end a partial U.S. government shutdown, now at a record 23rd day. "See if we can get a deal", Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has called on Trump to invoke emergency action, said on "Fox News Sunday". "That's why I'm depressed".

Johnson said he was planning to introduce a bill Monday and hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring it onto the floor, and that it will eventually have the support of both Democrats and the President.

"This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote for money for the wall, the barrier", Trump said on Friday. See if we can get a deal. "We believe the government should be opened".

Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers. Some Republicans are wary, too, fearing how a future Democratic president might use that authority.

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"This is a national emergency, if you look what's happening", Trump said Thursday, during a visit to the border in McAllen, Texas.

"I think it ends when the Senate Republicans say we've had enough". Part of that promise was a Wall at the Southern Border.

The weeks-old standoff over funding led to the partial government shutdown that hit day 23 on Sunday without an end in sight.

Democrats also pledged to press Barr to release Mueller's eventual report to the public, while most are avoiding talk of impeachment until it is finished.

The shadow of the Mueller probe is likely to become a more pressing problem for the Trump administration and Republicans as the year progresses and the special counsel completes his work. A person familiar with White House thinking said that in meetings this past week, the message was that the administration is in no rush and wants to consider various options.

Trump has tried various angles to pressure Democratic negotiators, but they have not visibly budged from an offer to support some border security spending - the figure of US$1.3 billion (RM5.33 billion) has been floated - but not the US$5.7 billion he wants for a wall.

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