"While Trump and the GOP leadership are putting on a fearless face, the Democrats plan simply to pass a" continuing resolution" bill to re-open the government once they take control of the House, and pass it along to the Senate, daring Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - long opposed to shutdowns - to refuse.
The sticking point is over funding for border security.
She referred the bill to the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Homeland Security, and already has four cosponsors: Democratic Reps. So, the president's plan to pin responsibility for this week's chaos on Democrats was a long shot even before he announced, on live television, that voters should blame him for the shutdown. "House Republicans were great yesterday!" "The Democrats chose to go home", said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Schumer rubbed salt in the wound, telling the president, "You don't have the votes in the House".
The White House said it's trying to solve the shutdown but it can't even find a negotiating partner among Democrats, with its latest offer, made over the weekend, not even earning a response from the minority party. "People don't want Open Borders and Crime!"
Also, let's examine the president's declaration that many furloughed workers are Democrats, which is probably true and speaks to two issues.
Just 35 percent of the adults polled support including border wall funding the bill to fund the rest of government. Many lawmakers did not return to Washington for the sessions.
"Most view this as an act of ineptitude", a statement from the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers said.
Japan restaurant explosion: Dozens injured in Sapporo's Toyohira district today
Sapporo police and fire officials said it was too early to say anything certain about the cause of the explosion. Sapporo is part of Japan's large northern island, Hokkaido, and has a population of almost 2 million people.
He wants US$5 billion for extensions and improvements to a Mexico border barrier that he has made the centerpiece of his domestic political platform, arguing that the United States needs protection from illegal immigration.
The president spent part of the day tweeting about the shutdown, insisting "this isn't about the Wall", but about Democrats denying him "a win". This assumes, of course, that said White House aides know how to get to the presidential tomb where the president's sleeping coffin is kept.
The US House of Representatives and Senate adjourned on Thursday, paving the way for the current partial government shutdown to continue into the new year, when Democrats are taking control of the House.
As it stands the government has been shut down for six days and Trump has declared that he's not budging until his wall is fully funded. A large majority of Americans has long opposed both Trump's border wall, and the use of government shutdowns as a legislative tactic. Members of the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus delivered blistering floor speeches calling on the president to fight for the wall now, while conservative media figures similarly spurred the president to demand wall funding, suggesting anything less would amount to a capitulation.
Trump defended his wall proposal Friday morning, suggesting he has the technological expertise to stop immigrants from entering the US illegally. "We need to budget for medical care and mental health care for children in our facilities", he told CBS News. The president's observation that federal workers are more Democratic than Republican serves no argumentative objective; it is, ostensibly, a mere expression of exasperation at his rivals' perseverance (one reminiscent of another infamous spoiler of the Christmas season).
Continuing the see-saw performance, Wall Street opened sharply lower Thursday.