Democrats Refuse to Attend Working Lunch to End Shutdown - White House

McConnell looks to shift blame for shutdown to Pelosi

President Trump Feeds College Football National Champions Fast Food and Twitter Can't Stomach It

If the shutdown lasts another week, they will miss a second paycheck this year.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was aware of the group's effort but added, "I wouldn't go so far as to say he's blessed it".

Financial companies have put in place programs to help those workers deal with a sudden loss in income, while a number of restaurants are giving away meals to federal workers. The second bill would reopen federal agencies through February 28. And hey, we would've done so too, although what's the bet the food would've already been lukewarm.

President Trump can be seen showing off the food display in a video, saying, "The reason we did this is because of the shutdown", subsequently boasting that he paid for the meal himself.

The government shutdown, the longest in USA history, entered its 25th day on Tuesday.

House Democratic leaders said they did not tell members to boycott Trump's lunch but had pressed those invited to consider whether the talks would be productive or be a photo-op for Trump.

Capitol Hill aides say the lawmakers going to the White House include centrist Democrats from districts were Trump is popular, including freshmen.

Before going to the White House, coaches and players toured some landmarks in Washington, including the Lincoln Memorial.

In addition to federal workers not receiving paychecks, the effects of the shutdown are being felt in a number of ways throughout the country.

Longer lines have formed at some airports as more security screeners fail to show up for work.

With the shutdown dragging on, federal courts will run out of operating funds on 25 January and face "serious disruptions" if the shutdown continues, according to a court statement.

Now the longest in history, the USA government shutdown has led to some unusual things happening. The Senate has the ability to override a Trump veto on funding the government.

Polls also show that Americans are more likely to fault Trump for the shutdown.

Pelosi told Hoyer: 'They can see what we've been dealing with. That outcome seems likely.

President Donald Trump told reporters before the event that a lot of his household staff is furloughed due to the government shutdown.

McConnell, who has mainly stayed out of the public fray on the shutdown, on Tuesday accused Democrats of "acrobatic contortions" to avoid negotiating on the shutdown. The White House did not respond to a request for a list of invitees. Remember when Michelle Obama was trying to get kids to eat healthier?

"He asked Speaker Pelosi, 'will you agree to my wall?' She said no". Kamala Harris. "They're forgoing insulin, borrowing money, or selling their cars - just to stay afloat".

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows said all members of Congress should remain in Washington without pay until they agree on border wall funding. He charged that Pelosi, the "very distinguished congresswoman from San Francisco, has decided that opposing President Trump comes before the security of our borders".

House Democrats have passed individual appropriations bills to open each Cabinet department affected by the shutdown.

A closed security checkpoint at Houston airport amid the partial USA government shutdown.

The president is holding a luncheon with Congressional Republicans at the White House Tuesday. He announced: "If it's American [food], I like it".

Pointing out some of the administration officials in attendance, Trump noted that acting Attorney General and former Iowa tight end Matthew Whitaker "was a great player" who appeared in the Rose Bowl, and he said that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "would never be able to make your team".

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