New GoFundMe raises thousands for "ladders to get over Trump's wall"

Dec 25, 2018, 01:10
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Outside the White House, Washington's National Christmas Tree became a forlorn symbol of the dysfunction when the National Park Service - one of the government bodies hit by the funding shutdown - briefly turned off the lights.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Trump and the Democrats need to resolve the dispute over boarder funding before he brings up legislation to end the shutdown in the Senate.

The shutdown meant that more than 400,000 federal employees reported to their jobs on Monday without getting paid, while almost 400,000 others "will be locked out of work with no pay", the American Federation of Government Employees union said.

But they did not rule out action if a deal were struck.

The next possibility for votes in the House and Senate is on December 27, as Democrats say they're far apart in negotiations with the Trump administration.

After reviewing how Trump has repeatedly called for a government shutdown, how the Senate had unanimously agreed to extend government spending through February to avert a shutdown, and how this was rejected by Trump due to the influence of his far right advisers, Schumer emphasized that Trump's border wall goals were politically impossible.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The partial United States (US) government shutdown gridlocked Washington for a second day on Sunday, with the White House budget director saying it could persist into the new year and the next Congress.

But another visitor, Howard Vander Griend of Tennessee, predicted Trump will come out a victor: "I think he will get what he wants and I think that´s a good thing".

Byungsuk Ko / EyeEm via Getty Images The Statue of Liberty will remain open after an emergency injection of state funds. The first two took place in the winter of 1995 to '96, when a GOP-led Congress vowed to balance the federal budget through the Republican Party's "Contract for America".

Days after a GoFundMe was set up to raise money for a wall along the US-Mexico border, a counter fundraiser has popped up.

January 3 is the day that the new Congress will convene and the Democrats will take over the House of Representatives, after winning it in the polls in November.

Last week he said he would be "proud" to close down the government, and last Friday said he was "totally prepared for a very long" closure.

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Mulvaney sent agency heads a memorandum telling them to "execute plans for an orderly shutdown" - though he wrote that administration officials are "hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration".

Offices of congressional leaders who are responsible for negotiating with the president are shuttered as Trump remains at the White House after canceling a trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

"If you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", Schumer said, accusing Trump of supporting an inefficient wall that would end up "swindling the American taxpayer".

With lawmakers like Meadows and prominent conservative commentators demanding that the president stick to his campaign promises, Trump would not budge on his wall.

The Transportation Security Administration will be on the job to screen passengers, and Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers will be directing planes.

In fact, virtually every essential U.S. government agency, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the border patrol and the coast guard, will remain open. Airports will continue operating.

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Mulvaney appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week".

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