Government shutdown now possible in the United States if border wall is not funded

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If no breakthrough is reached, the shutdown would occur over the Christmas holiday. The closure could potentially spill into early January, when the new Congress, including a Democratically controlled House of Representatives, will come to work. Trump called for Congress to budget $5 billion in 2019 to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border that he insists will check illegal immigration. “Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!” he said. Democrats are united in their opposition to Trump’s $5 billion ask, saying their intent is to offer no more than $1.6 billion in border security funding. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said there are not enough votes in Congress to pass wall funding.

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Funding for the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department expires Friday at midnight. Shutdown would be relatively limited, as Congress has already funded most government operations through September 2019. However, if shutdown occurs,federal parks and iconic sites including the Statue of Liberty could close for the holidays and public sector workers will not be paid. Funding are not yet agreed for nine of 15 government agencies, including NASA and the Food and Drug Administration. The departments of state, commerce and agriculture could all face shutdowns. During this time Donald Trump is preparing for a 16-day trip to Mar-a-Lago. “I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” he said.

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