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

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He told reporters: "Listen, anything can happen".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer voted for the Secure Fence Act, which passed the Senate on an 80-19 vote. That meeting ended after 30 minutes with no resolution.

"We've insisted on 5 for the discussions", Mulvaney, who is also the incoming acting White House chief of staff, said in a separate appearance Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

"The Democrats easily would support more border funding, border security, they´ve said that" if a broader deal could be reached, Republican Senator Bob Corker said on CNN.

Meanwhile, from coast to coast, the first day of the shutdown played out. No votes were scheduled, and House and Senate members were told they would receive 24 hours' notice before any vote.

Before Pence and Schumer met today, Schumer's office sent out a pre-emptive statement beforehand saying he would "remind" Pence that Democrats would not sign off on any wall funding.

"When everybody leaves town, it takes the pressure off for a deal", said New York Representative Lee Zeldin, a Republican, one of the few lawmakers lingering in the Capitol on Sunday.

His latest - no joke: "I am all alone (poor me) in the White House", as he attacks Democrats for the shutdown he proudly boasted he would not only cause, but take credit for.

The shutdown has affected thousands of federal employees.

Both sides spent Saturday dug into their positions over the terms of reopening the nine government departments whose funding expired after Friday night.

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Democrats are staunchly opposed, and in the absence of a deal, federal funds for dozens of agencies lapsed. The Securities and Exchange Commission has posted a list of the services it will soon suspend, including the processing of certain business records.

Customs and border staff will keep working, although their pay will be delayed. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, who represent Maryland, where many DC-area federal employees live.

Trump was also referring to a far more ambitious 2006 Senate bill that passed by an 80 to 19 margin.

Trump is demanding US$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 the government.

We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the USA economy.

"We will have to wait until after the election", said Scott. Trump campaigned on building a wall, which he'd originally said Mexico would pay for.

A shutdown results from an impasse in the USA government when Republicans and Democrats can't agree on what should be included in the latest spending bill.

Mulvaney countered that "the president's not going to not accept money for a border wall". "The president wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it". No such grand deal is on the table now. "General Mattis did not see this as a problem", Trump said. "We arrived at this moment because President Trump has been on a destructive two-week temper tantrum". The comments highlighted Trump's unpredictable negotiating style.

"We moved off of the five and we hope they move up from their 1.3", Mulvaney said.

Schumer has been an outspoken critic of the border wall and says he will not change his strategy due to the recent government shutdown.

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