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Federal shutdown: No signs of it ending soon

• Jan 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The partial federal government shutdown is now more than three weeks old and there is no clear path forward to reopen the government, according to a post on The Hill’s blog.

The historic nature of the shutdown was met by a relatively quiet start to the week in Washington, Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke wrote.

“As of Sunday night, neither the House or Senate had announced formal changes to the start of their work week, with both chambers expected to convene on Monday evening,” they wrote Monday morning. “House members could see votes delayed until Tuesday due to the snowstorm over the weekend, but no final decisions have been made.”

Carney and Brufke said President Trump is “doubling down” on his public requests for Democrats to come to the White House and negotiate a deal.

“But, according to polls released over the weekend, Trump and Republicans are bearing the brunt of the blame for the partial shutdown,” they noted in the post. “Fifty-three percent of respondents in a Washington Post-ABC poll said the president and Republicans were to blame, compared to 29 percent who blame congressional Democrats. Fifty-five percent of respondents to a separate CNN poll said they believed the president was responsible for the shutdown.”

Trump is showing no signs of backing down from his demand for the $5.7 billion border wall.

“Negotiations between congressional Democrats and the president are at a standstill,” Carney and Brufke wrote. “Trump stormed out of a White House meeting last week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she would not negotiate on the border wall even if Trump first agreed to fully reopen the government.”

No other meetings between leadership and Trump are currently scheduled.

Read the complete blog post: “This week: No signs of urgency as shutdown enters fourth week.”

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