WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's budget director and chief of staff on Sunday said the partial U.S. government shutdown could continue to January 3, when the new Congress convenes and Democrats take over the House of Representatives."It's very possible this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress," Mick Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday."I don't think things are going to move very quickly here for the next few days" because of the Christmas holiday, added Mulvaney, who serves as director of the Office of Management and Budget and was named acting White House chief of staff 10 days ago.The U.S. Senate adjourned on Saturday unable to break an impasse over Trump's demand for more funds for a wall on the border with Mexico that Democrats are unwilling to accept.Mulvaney said the White House made a "counteroffer" to Democrats on funding for border security that fell between the Democratic offer of $1.3 billion and Trump's demand for $5 billion.As part … [Read more...] about Top Trump aide Mulvaney: Government shutdown may go into new year
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FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, Canadian Lt. Maj. Chris Hache takes a call while volunteering at the NORAD Tracks Santa center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hundreds of volunteers will help answer the phones again when the program resumes on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, for the 63rd year. Children from around the world call to ask when Santa Claus will get to their house. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP, File)FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2014, file photo, NORAD Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Charles D. Luckey takes a call while volunteering at the NORAD Tracks Santa center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hundreds of volunteers will help answer the phones from children around the world calling for Santa when the program resumes on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, for the 63rd year. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) DENVER — The government may be partially shut down, but that won’t stop hundreds of volunteers dressed in Christmas hats and … [Read more...] about NORAD Tracks Santa will still run despite government shutdown
Billy House, Bloomberg Published 3:17 am PST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Paul Ryan may cap off his time as House speaker by shutting down part of the federal government, barring an unexpected breakthrough this week. Such an exit by Ryan would stand in stark contrast to his predecessor, John Boehner. The previous GOP House speaker struck a budget deal at the end of his tenure in 2015 to avert a shutdown and extend the government's borrowing limit. Government funding expires Friday night for nine government departments and various independent agencies. Ryan and other House GOP leaders haven't tried to pass a spending bill that meets President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall, nor have they proposed any alternative. Senate Republicans also seem to be stumped. They met Monday night in an effort to find a solution to please Trump as well as Democrats who are willing to spend no more than $1.37 billion on border fencing, but admitted afterward they'd … [Read more...] about Ryan on track for his final act as speaker: Government shutdown
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 11, 2018 / 10:32 PM GMT By Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has long said that he wants to shut the government down as a means to force Democrats to fund the border wall he initially promised would be paid for by Mexico. "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," he said in July 2017. Until now, he has held off. But with operating authority for several federal agencies due to expire Dec. 21, the president is finally ready to grant his own wish. After Trump invited reporters to sit in for a testy exchange at his first meeting in more than a year with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, the Democrats teed him up to shoulder the credit or blame if the money runs out and the government is forced to close down. Pelosi, a California Democrat … [Read more...] about Trump is relishing the prospect of owning a government shutdown. But Republicans aren’t.
With the public backing of President Donald Trump, the House on Wednesday joined the Senate in approving a funding package for the military, health research, education, and labor programs of the federal government, as well as extending a temporary budget for certain agencies to avoid a funding lapse when the fiscal year ends on September 30. The vote was 361-61, following a 93-7 vote in the Senate last week. “We’re going to keep the government open,” the President said at the United Nations in New York, turning aside the possibility that he might reject the bill, which would have lead to a partial government shutdown. “This funds the military, this funds opioids, this does a lot of the things that we all want to accomplish together,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. Signing this bill was not the first choice of the President and some more conservative Republicans, who wanted Mr. Trump to force a budget showdown with Democrats, using the threat of a … [Read more...] about House okays spending measure that averts government shutdown