In an announcement made by President Trump, the income of over 80,000 federal workers could be kept in limbo for much longer than most feared. He made the statement at a meeting on Friday with the newly-inaugurated House Democrats as one of a series of negotiations on the government shutdown that has dragged on since December 2018.
The talks, which were arranged to allow both sides reach a satisfactory consensus seem to have failed in producing any substantial progress. This would mean that the American populace would have to brace itself for what is quickly shaping up to be the longest shutdown U.S. history.
How long will this shutdown last?
As at now, no one can be sure as to the length of time the shutdown will go. However, sources familiar with the meeting report that the president mentioned extending the standoff “to the election” if his demand for $5.6 billion in funding for the border wall was not met.
Meanwhile all is not lost yet as the president has announced that subsequent discussions will be made over the weekend. Those discussions will be headed by staff and will have Vice President Mike Pence, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner participating. He also said, “we had a very, very productive meeting and I think we’ve come a long way,” adding later: “We’re all on the same path in terms of wanting to get government open.”
But as strongly as the president feels about deciding “what we’re going to do about the border”, the Democrats argue that it should be a matter that is decided on once the government is reopened.
Speaking after the meeting Democratic Speaker of Congress Nancy Pelosi said, “we cannot resolve this until we open up government, and we made that very clear to the President”.
But for the president, “we won’t be opening until it’s solved”.
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