President Trump signs bill giving federal workers back pay

Virginia Carson
January 18, 2019

The bill was approved 237-187 on Wednesday, mostly along party lines, but appears dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said he hopes Trump will proceed with his speech.

"Our singular message was we've got to reopen the government and then in good faith we can have negotiations", Representative Dean Phillips told reporters.

A Democrat who signed the letter, Chris Coons, said it would not be sent unless a substantial number of Republicans signed it.

The shutdown has affected a quarter of federal agencies with about 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay as a result.

The shutdown is in its fourth week. Some posted photos of their empty earnings statements on social media as a rallying cry to end the shutdown.

Ms Pelosi is citing concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security, but Republicans are casting her move as a ploy to deny Mr Trump the stage.

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China and Russian Federation , meanwhile, are working on advanced weapons that can, in theory, evade existing missile defenses. Fourth, the USA will recognize space as a new warfighting domain, with a "Space Force" leading the way, he said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump wanted Pelosi to stay in Washington before Tuesday, a deadline to prepare the next round of paychecks for federal workers.

Lawmakers struggled to find a way out of the shutdown Wednesday.

In an interview to Fox News, Graham on Sunday urged Trump to temporarily reopen the government in a bid to lure the Democrats to come to the negotiating table. "It passed in the Senate", she said. In a White House meeting, Trump asked Pelosi whether, if he agreed to end the shutdown and negotiate separately on border security, she would support wall funding. The committee assignments were announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

Pelosi's colleagues did not hold back.

Democrats could not possibly be in a better position to demand concessions from Trump if they had manufactured a crisis. The White House will try again later this week, inviting a bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the Problem Solvers caucus to talks.

The current government shutdown is the longest in American history.

The department said it was taking the step because it had become clear that the lapse in funding is harming efforts "to address the myriad critical issues requiring US leadership around the globe and to fulfill our commitments to the American people".

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The Duchess also wore a stunning gold plated bracelet from up-and-coming British designer Sophie McKay, which costs a cool $430. Birkenhead MP Frank Field said he invited the royals to his constituency so they could get a real feel for the area's people .

The president, on a conference call with supporters Tuesday, showed no signs of backing down. The office will not process any new applications for loans or trade aid payments.

Views on how serious of an issue the shutdown, now the longest in USA history, is were also split along partisan lines, with 79 percent of Democrats considering it a "very serious" issue, compared to 35 percent of Republicans. But if the shutdown extends into March funding will become uncertain.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is asking President Trump to postpone his upcoming State of the Union address due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

The White House has been trying to peel lawmakers away from Pelosi but Trump's invitations to Democrats earlier this week were declined. "This is a very big deal", Pelosi said. "I'd like to see us have a breakthrough here". On Monday the president shared an op-ed from the conservative outlet The Daily Caller that was purportedly penned by a "senior Trump official."

More than 2,000 respondents were asked whether their family had lost any income, expected to lose income or relied on any government services that had been shut down.

Neither side is showing signs of backing down.

McConnell has ruled out sending legislation reopening the government to Trump for a certain veto. Trump wants $5.7 billion to help fund a U.S. -Mexico border wall, which Democrats oppose.

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"It's called the Shutdown Prevention Act", said Paul.

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