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Senate approves back pay for federal workers when shutdown ends

11 January 2019

Senator Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat who has cultivated good relations with Trump, told reporters a national emergency declaration by Trump would be "wrong, but I think that's his only way out" of the impasse. During the chilly South Lawn mini-press conference, the president claimed he did not "smash the table", adding: "But I should have". "The Democrats are apparently not going to negotiate until the government is open, and if you even open the government, the House isn't going to negotiate about funding for the wall".

Graham's remarks reflect the building frustration on Capitol Hill on the 20th day of the partial government shutdown over President Trump's $5 billion demand for border wall funding which the Democrats are refusing to meet.

McConnell has made clear that he won't take up any legislation related to the shutdown in the Senate that President Donald Trump won't sign.

As he left for his border visit, the president - wearing khakis, a black jacket and a white "Make America Great Again" baseball cap - ripped into congressional Democrats, saying they have been "taken over" by members he contends "don't care about crime".

The shutdown, which began on December 22, will be the longest in USA history if it is still going on by Saturday.

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The House passed a legislative package last week that would end the shutdown and has started passing a series of bills this week that would open back up closed federal agencies, but the White House has issued veto threats for the legislation.

After the meeting on Wednesday, Schumer said that Trump threw a "temper tantrum", going so far as to slam his hand on a table.

"I had an opportunity to talk to the president a few moments ago, and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we are discussing here to guarantee that government workers who've been displaced because of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

As it stands, voters hold the GOP and Trump responsible for the shutdown. Lindsey Graham's office on Wednesday to discuss a way out of the logjam. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Richard Shelby, the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Rob Portman of OH and Susan Collins of Maine. "If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", Mr. Trump told reporters.

Senate approves back pay for federal workers when shutdown ends