Trump signs bill promising back-pay to furloughed federal workers

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19 January, 2019

As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. So Democrats are going to keep sharing these stories. "She's got to get serious or authorize someone else to negotiate so that we can get this resolved".

The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the US economy than the Trump administration previously estimated, the White House acknowledged.

Trump is demanding $5.7 billion to build more than 200 miles of his proposed Southwest border wall, and has refused to sign spending bills reopening government lacking that money.

Trump spent the weekend in the White House reaching out to aides and lawmakers and tweeting aggressively about Democratic foes as he tried to make the case that the wall was needed on both security and humanitarian grounds.

Separately, Senator Lindsey Graham of SC and Senator Chris Coons of DE were organizing a bipartisan letter asking Trump to reconsider his rejection of the idea of reopening the government for three weeks to allow time for negotiations on border security. It is an idea that Democrats have been urging for weeks.

She then told CNN it was a "housekeeping matter in the Congress of the United States, so we can honor the responsibility of the invitation we extended to the President".

As if to prove the point, Trump's campaign fundraisers sought to make hay of the skirmish Thursday by soliciting donations: "Dems want to DISINVITE me from the state of the union", read one text message, attributed to the president.

The Trump administration has barred U.S. lawmakers from traveling on any government-owned and operated aircraft without explicit written approval from the White House chief of staff.

Democrats say there are cheaper, more effective ways of enhancing border security than constructing a wall that could cost well beyond $25 billion. Each time the wall comes up in public discourse, it generally substantiates Trump's claims that a country without borders isn't a country at all - even among the never-Trumpers. Trump allies say that he will win credit for fighting to fulfill a promise Trump he made to voters as a 2016 candidate.

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Some leading Republicans have publicly opposed the idea, which nearly certainly would trigger lawsuits over its legality.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was aware of the group's effort but added, "I wouldn't go so far as to say he's blessed it". "Let the Senate vote!"

Neither Trump nor the White House has responded to the suggestion.

Trump declined to address the stalemate over the speech Thursday during a visit to the Pentagon, simply promising that the nation will have "powerful, strong border security".

It sounds like one of those perplexing snits that frustrates Americans and prompts them to blame both parties for Washington's dysfunction.

Regular employees will get back pay eventually, while contractors will not. "We always want a president to look at the audience and say, 'The state of the union is sound.' I don't see how a president can say those words when the government is shut down", said Mr. Kaine, who was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket in 2016.

But now it is also getting increasingly personal between the two main antagonists. Federal courts are set to run out of money on Friday.

Federal workers affected missed their first paychecks last week, heightening concerns about mounting financial pressures on employees, including air traffic controllers and airport security officials who continue to work without pay.


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