The partial government shutdown is now in its 24th day, and at this point, there seems to be no end in sight. That is, unless money comes up for a wall.
The government has been partially shut down for 23 days now. And, the president continues to say he may declare a national emergency, bypassing Congress to fund the southern border wall.
President Donald Trump saying he’s waiting on Democrats, tweeting:
“I’m in the White House, waiting. The Democrats are everywhere, but Washington, as people await their pay. They are having fun and not even talking!”
Democrats say he’s not being flexible, and that declaring a national emergency is an overreach of power.
Two weeks ago, Vice President Mike Pence offered the US $2.5 billion, within an hour, the president said, ‘No, I won’t take that, it’s got to be $5.7 billion or nothing’.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a key ally of the president, believes the legislative path is shut off because Speaker Nancy Pelosi is against the wall.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, he says the president shouldn’t declare a national emergency; just yet.
“I would urge him to open the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug… See, if we can’t get a deal at the end of three weeks, all bets are off…”
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows the majority of Americans blame the president and Congressional Republicans for the shutdown. And, no matter which side is to blame, it’s average Americans who are feeling the impact.
Timothy McLaughlin, National Representative for the American Federation of Government Workers, says:
“Now, they are making decisions about how they are going to fill their gas tanks up to get to work, how they are going to pay their childcare facilities, how they are going to put food on the table… And, it’s despicable.”
But, that same poll shows 42% support the border wall that’s up from 34% a year ago, with a majority of that support coming from Republicans.