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USA lawmakers search for remedies as government shutdown rolls on

USA lawmakers search for remedies as government shutdown rolls on”

U.S. President Donald Trump said that he has reached a deal with Congressional leaders to reopen the government for three weeks.

Two competing measures to end the partial U.S. government shutdown fell short in the Senate on Thursday (Jan 24), as lawmakers explored an option to end a month-long impasse with the White House and fund government operations for three weeks while talks continue.

The next attempt to reach a breakthrough is expected to come from the House, where Democratic leaders are reportedly prepping a bill that would spend $5.2 billion on border security-mostly high-tech options like drones and cameras-without granting permission for Trump to build a physical wall.

Trump triggered the shutdown, which began on December 22, with his hard-line wall-funding demand but Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, rejected it on the grounds that a wall would be costly, ineffective and immoral.

Trump said Wednesday he still planned to deliver the address on January 29.

Trump has lobbied on securing $5.7 billion to build his proposed wall on the Mexican border before he agrees to reopen the government.

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A senior White House official tells CNN's Jim Acosta that the President will announce "a way forward" on ending the shutdown.

Trump was already smarting, after being forced into shelving his annual State of the Union address by top Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, until the government is fully operational. The shutdown, which began shortly before the Christmas holiday and entered into its 34th day Friday, became the longest budget impasse in US history. Amid the shutdown, roughly 800,000 federal workers have been placed on furlough.

Trump said on Thursday he would accept such a measure only if it included a "prorated down payment" on the border wall. The 52-44 vote was still short of the 60 votes needed. All are set to miss their second biweekly paycheck on Friday.

Before the votes, McConnell called Trump's plan a "pragmatic compromise that could end this impasse right away" by getting the president's signature. He suggested he'd also want a "prorated down payment" for his long-sought border wall with Mexico but didn't describe the term.

The partial government shutdown has dragged on for 35 days, the longest in USA history, as hundreds of thousands of federal workers have gone without paychecks.

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Democrats have rejected every offer to reopen the government from a partial shutdown, even as the White House's offers become increasingly favorable to the Democratic position on immigration.

Democrats say Trump shut the government in a "temper tantrum" by refusing to sign bipartisan funding legislation past year that did not include money for his wall.

The Senate later failed to pass two competing bills to end the shutdown Thursday.

"They are willing to put partisanship aside, I think, and put the security of the American people first", Trump said.

Then late Wednesday night, Trump said on Twitter that he would put off the address until the shutdown was over.

The agreement opens the government for three weeks, allowing nearly 800,000 government workers to be paid for the first time in 35 days, while providing no money for the President's border wall.

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"We have to have a wall". It would have temporarily protected some young undocumented immigrants from deportation.



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