Shutdown is now America’s longest

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has been critical of President Donald Trump's response to disasters in Puerto Rico

One powerful Republican ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, tweeted after talks with Trump: "Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW".

It's day 22 of the federal government shutdown -- now the longest in US history - and the situation continues to be at a stalemate.

Some posted photos of their empty earnings statements on social media as a rallying cry to end the shutdown, a jarring image that many in the White House feared could turn more voters against the president as he holds out for billions in new wall funding.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to resume paychecks for some 420,000 federal employees who are now working without pay. "But while we're having that debate, let's reopen the government". Bolton taps new deputy MORE, who had been leading the effort to end the impasse.

Trump continued making his case for the wall in Sunday morning tweets, arguing that it "will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!"

In past all shutdowns, both furloughed and nonfurloughed workers have gotten back pay, though federal contractors and their employees are generally left uncompensated. Functions not happening include some routine food inspections, timely release of market-moving agriculture data, and USA reviews needed for initial public offerings of stocks. Neither the president nor Democratic congressional leaders have shown any willingness to compromise.

Democrats, who call a wall an ineffective, outdated answer to a complex problem, have passed several bills in the House of Representatives to reopen the government without funding for Trump's barrier.

The paper reported law enforcement officials became concerned after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017 and said the agency had to consider whether the president's actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

"Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don't want to include in talks", Trump said Sunday.

"If we do that, it will go to court and the wall won't get built", Johnson said on "State of the Union". "I'm just so frustrated we can't get into a room and hammer it out". With the closure's growing impact on the economy, national parks and food inspections, some Republicans are becoming uncomfortable with Trump's demands.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, said on ABC's "This Week" that "one phone call" from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could get the ball rolling to reopen the government. Fifty-three percent of respondents blame the president and Republicans, while 29 percent blame Democrats.

Trump has acknowledged that an emergency declaration would likely trigger a legal battle ending in the Supreme Court.

Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Washington headquarters for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and pledged that the administration will keep fighting for the border wall.

An attempt Thursday by moderate Republican senators to broker a deal that would have traded immigration protections for undocumented "Dreamers" brought to the USA as children in return for wall money collapsed after Vice President Mike Pence rejected it.

"They're not going to write us a check", Hannity replied.

"I want to give them a chance to see if they can act responsibly", Trump said, calling the situation at the nation's southern border a "humanitarian crisis".

'Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use, ' said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently. Democrats have said they would support $1.6 billion for more general border security, but not specifically for a wall. With no negotiations expected during the weekend, the shutdown will enter its fourth week next week.

The shutdown is now the longest in the country's history. She said he's "endangering the health and safety of the American people and stealing paychecks from 800,000 innocent workers" over the shutdown.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and USA counterpart Donald Trump met at the G20 Summit in December.

They include prison guards, air traffic controllers and security staff, and enforcement workers such as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

The US government departments including the Treasury, Energy, Commerce and State departments, shut down when funding lapsed on December 22.

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