Top Trump Senate Ally Urges President to Reopen Shuttered Parts of Government

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2019

"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option - and I think we are nearly there - I would urge them to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal", Mr Graham said on Fox News Sunday.

On Friday, however, Trump backed off a series of previous threats to end the deadlock by declaring a national emergency and attempting to secure the funds without congressional approval.

"I do think if we reopen the government, if the president ends this shutdown crisis, we have folks who can negotiate a responsible, modern investment in technology that will actually make us safer", Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE said on Fox. Trump said Sunday on Twitter.

The partial government shutdown is now in its fourth week, the longest in USA history. An estimated 800,000 federal workers could go without paychecks this week, because funding for their agencies ran out on December 22. A majority - 53 percent - thought that Trump and Republican allies were more responsible, while 29 percent blamed Democrats.

"[Schumer] and Pelosi were so bad the other night that the president ought to pay them to go on TV once a week", Gingrich, the former GOP House Speaker, told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y., pointing to the Democratic response to President Trump's Oval Office address on border wall funding. "That's why I'm depressed".

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., called Graham's idea for a brief reopening of the government a "great place to start".

"Put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table", Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on ABC's "This Week" show.

"Democrats could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes!" he said in one tweet, adding in another, "We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work". Most came through our Southern Border.

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As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books, members of Congress had left town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void.

Graham says he thinks Trump is willing to accept the level of wall funding he is seeking, along with some immigration measures Democrats might accept, such as helping immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S.as minors.

Trump has insisted on funding for a wall that he says is aimed at stopping human and drug trafficking across the border, asserting that he will not sign a budget bill without funding for his promised wall. "I do have a plan on the Shutdown".

A concourse at Miami International Airport was shut down for part of the weekend because not enough Transportation Security Administration agents were present to staff all of the airport's the security checkpoints.

Overall 56 percent of respondents opposed the idea of building a border wall, while only 39 percent were in favor the idea. Republicans in Congress continue to show support for Trump's positions. "The easiest solution to the shutdown, just give President Trump the money", he said.

"I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".

The US government shutdown is now the longest such closure in history. The poll finds 51 per cent say they strongly oppose such a declaration. Roughly one-fifth of independents agree with Trump's characterisation, and about half say things are serious but are not a crisis.

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