United States partisan divide on govt shutdown over border wall more sharply

Saul Bowman
January 19, 2019

The survey, conducted January 9-14 among 1,505 adults, found that none of Washington's political leaders receives positive approval ratings for their handling of the government shutdown. Newly empowered Congressional Democrats, arguing they were elected as a check on Trump, have dismissed this as immoral and ineffective.

With some 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, Trump suggested the partial shutdown that has clogged airport security lines and shuttered federal agencies was going smoothly.

Yet Democrats fear that if they negotiate while the shutdown persists, it would encourage Trump to use such brinkmanship in the future. "I think Republicans are getting the lion's share of the pressure".

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. He did not mention any new proposals Trump might pursue. She said it's one of the U.S. President's plans for energizing his conservative base, and in this way, he aims to distract the country from the various scandals dogging his administration.

Trump had asked Democrats to attend a meeting on Tuesday, but no Democrats agreed to go. "You've got to tell the uncle upstairs, 'That's unacceptable'". They are people on every side of this border debate. Trump has previously spurned the idea.

Hassett said the economy should get a boost when the government re-opens. Otherwise, he added about Trump, "If it's just seen as a weakening of his position, then he probably wouldn't do it".

Like it or not and whether he's right or wrong, Donald Trump's "we're building a wall" war cry is memorable and the Opposition has still not come up with anything remotely as catchy to counter it. Chris Coons, D-Del., to reopen the government for three weeks while talks continue.

In a moment of rare bipartisanship, President Donald Trump signed a Democrat-sponsored bill Wednesday guaranteeing back-pay to workers furloughed by the ongoing partial government shutdown. "Because if you do it now, they'll shut down the government next year for something else.' I share that sentiment".


At the heart of the heated political disagreement was a a demand from President Trump's to include $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall as part of the U.S. government's spending budget. Trump is demanding $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border that he says is needed on humanitarian and security grounds.

Americans also have more confidence in Trump's ability to make economic policies than they do in his ability to handle other matters effectively.

That ultimatum, which congressional Democrats have rejected, has prevented Congress from approving legislation to restore funding to about a quarter of the federal government, which closed down partially on December 22 when several agencies' funds expired for reasons unrelated to the border.

But G. William Hoagland, who was a top aide to former Senate GOP leader Bill Frist, described the White House officials as "dreaming".

McConnell is known for brokering bipartisan agreements in the past.

Pelosi's spokesman said on Friday that the congressional delegation had been prepared to fly commercially after the military plane was revoked, but learned the administration had also leaked the commercial travel plans.

McConnell has ruled out sending legislation reopening the government to Trump for a certain veto.

With the shutdown in its fourth week, that suggests the economy has lost almost a half-percentage point of growth so far, though some of that occurred at the end of last year and some in the first quarter of this year.

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