WASHINGTON -- Seeking a shutdown solution, President Donald Trump was expected to announce Saturday that in exchange for money for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall he was open to trading protections for young people brought to America illegally as children. Democrats have previously rejected such a deal and it was not clear whether Trump's offer would make headway.Trump is planning a speech from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room at 1 p.m. PT. His emerging proposal was confirmed by three people familiar with his thinking. They were not authorized to publicly discuss the plans before his remarks and spoke on condition of anonymity.President Mike Pence, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney have been working on the proposals, according to one of the people.RELATED: Food banks, passengers helping unpaid TSA workers during shutdownTrump was expected to offer support for bipartisan legislation, known as the Bridge Act, that would extend … [Read more...] about WATCH LIVE: Trump government shutdown announcement
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President Donald Trump said a Friday meeting with senior U.S. lawmakers on the federal government shutdown was productive and that he would meet over the weekend with officials about how to address his long-promised border wall. "We had a very, very productive meeting and ... we've come a long way," Trump said in the White House Rose Garden after the meeting, which included Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. … [Read more...] about Trump: Government Shutdown Meeting Was ‘Productive’
U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to shut down the government if Democrats do not agree to include billions of dollars in funding for a border wall in the spending bill by the end of Friday. If the shutdown does happen, it will be a partial one, because Congress has already allocated funds to about 75 percent of federal offices. Trump has previously signed legislation for nearly $900 billion of the $1.2 trillion total in operating expenses for the federal government. Even so, a partial shutdown would still affect hundreds of thousands of federal employees. Government employees in departments considered essential would be required to work during the shutdown and would not be paid until the end of the shutdown or legislation gets passed for retroactive pay. That would pertain to about 420,000 workers, including those serving in the Department of Homeland Security—54,000 border patrol staff and 53,000 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers. The total figure … [Read more...] about Trump Government Shutdown 2018: Which Federal Employees Get Paid, Which Get Sent Home?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a midnight deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump said Friday a closure would drag on "for a very long time" and he tried to build the case that congressional Democrats would bear responsibility if there's no deal over his demand for U.S.-Mexico border wall money.Only a week ago, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut down the government, which Republicans now control, in the name of border security. "I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down," he asserted.But with the hours dwindling before the midnight deadline, Trump sought to reframe the debate and make Democrats the holdouts to settling an impasse that threatens hundreds of thousands of federal workers on the eve of the end-of-the-year holidays.And he exhorted the Senate's Republican leader to corral enough Democratic votes to send a House-passed plan to the White House, even though the measure is almost certain to be rejected in the Senate."Senator … [Read more...] about Trump: Government shutdown would ‘last for a very long time’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguing heatedly in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn't provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. He insisted the military can build it if Democrats won't vote for the funding.Trump's comments came as he opened a contentious meeting with Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, with the government looking at a possible partial shutdown on Dec. 21 when funding for some agencies will expire.Schumer and Pelosi both said legislation to keep the government open and provide additional border security could pass both houses of Congress, but Trump said major wall funding was necessary.Schumer said, "You say 'my way or we'll shut down the government.'" Trump responded that border security was necessary and a wall was necessary for border security."Yes, if we don't get what we want ... I will shut down the … [Read more...] about Trump threatens government shutdown over border wall funding