President Donald Trump has refused to reopen the federal government unless Congress provides money to expand an existing border barrier while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to provide any money for a wall, even if Trump ends the shutdown.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said she planned to travel to Afghanistan and Brussels to thank service members and obtain briefings on national security and intelligence "from those on the front lines". Now in its 26 day, Senator Murray has heard from thousands of Washington state residents since the beginning of the shutdown, and has continued sharing their stories about the impacts of the shutdown with her Senate colleagues and on social media to highlight the urgent need to fully reopen the government and provide relief for hundreds of thousands of workers and families, including almost 13,000 Washingtonians.
This week President Trump invited Democratic leaders to the White House once again to negotiate an end to the budget impasse.
The letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, states that the senators will make their best efforts to have "Congress develop and vote on a bipartisan agreement that addresses your request" for border money if he agrees to support legislation reopening the government for those weeks. In a statement issued to the Daily Caller Wednesday, Don Jr. said Pelosi is terrified his father will get another chance to speak unfiltered about the Democrat Party's obstruction.
The National Archives are closed because of the government shutdown.
"The buck always stops", Scott said when asked if the chief executive is responsible for keeping the government running, before trailing off and saying "everybody's responsible".
The presidential advisers' counsel comes as both sides appear more intransigent than ever, with Trump holding fast for his demand of $5.7 billion in funding.
The head of the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged to his staff on Wednesday that frontline officers are increasingly calling out of work due to financial hardship caused by the government shutdown, spokesperson Michael Bilello told ABC News.
The White House did not immediately respond to Pelosi, but her letter prompted some back and forth between Democrats and Republicans.
Previous White House estimates of the impact did not fully take into account the effect on people who work for private companies that contract with the government to provide services, Hassett said.
Funding for the federal courts will run out next week because of the shutdown, Bob Carlson, president of the American Bar Association, which represents more than 400,000 lawyers, said on Wednesday, urging the administration and Congress to reach a compromise and restore funding to the federal judiciary.
The measure follows last week's introduction of a bill that would protect furloughed federal workers from landlords and creditors filing legal action against them for failing to pay their bills during the shutdown, reported the Huffington Post.
"I think that just shows that they're more focused on stopping the president than they are on serving the country". "We accepted the White House's invitation to meet today to convey that message". Mr. Trump said Pelosi could still use commercial transportation for the trip. He noted Trump had traveled to Iraq during the shutdown and said a Republican-led congressional trip also had taken place.