No Deal in Sight; Shutdown Hits Week Five

No Deal in Sight; Shutdown Hits Week Five

Much of the federal government remains closed as President Trump and congressional Democrats continue a showdown over whether to fund a southern border wall. Friday is the 28th day of the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history.

The Democratic-led House passed a bill Thursday that would re-fund agencies at current spending levels through February. Like other continuing resolutions they have passed largely along party lines, the newest stopgap bill is unlikely to advance in the Senate without the President’s signoff.

President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have shown no willingness to negotiate. This week, Speaker Pelosi told the President in a letter that she wants to reschedule the State of the Union address, and President Trump blocked the Speaker from using military aircraft to lead a congressional delegation to Afghanistan just as the group was about to depart.

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