The U.S. government shutdown has entered a third day. It’s likely to last at least until late in the week, and maybe into January, as the White House and Democrats remain at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s demand for billions of dollars in border wall funding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday the Senate would adjourn for regular business until Dec. 27. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, warned that the shutdown may not be resolved until early January, when her party takes control of the chamber.
Vice President Mike Pence returned to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday afternoon to make an offer to the chamber’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York. But after the meeting, a spokesman for Schumer said the two sides were far from an agreement.
“We’re still talking” Pence said leaving Schumer’s office.
Both sides spent Saturday dug into their positions over the terms of reopening the nine government departments whose funding expired after Friday night.
“If you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall,” Schumer said on the Senate floor on Saturday. He described the wall as a “bone to the hard right.”
A senior Trump administration official told reporters on a conference call that Democrats must accept physical barriers on the border as part of any deal. Trump would be willing to negotiate the type of barrier and restrictions on where construction could occur, the official said.
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