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Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown

 

December 21, 2018

The Capitol is seen in Washington on the first morning of a partial government shutdown, as Democratic and Republican lawmakers are at a standoff with President Donald Trump today on spending for his border wall. A partial federal shutdown took hold early today after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to start erecting a wall with Mexico.

By LISA MASCARO, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and KEVIN FREKING

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Congress gaveled open for a rare Saturday session days before Christmas as America's elected leaders partially shut down the government, unable to find a compromise over money for President Donald Trump's promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump is demanding $5 billion, but congressional Democrats are refusing to accede in a stalemate that provides a chaotic coda for Republicans in the waning days of their two-year reign controlling government.

The president jettisoned his Florida holiday getaway...



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