Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

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Pedestrians walk past the tiny Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, posted with a closed sign as part of the federal government shutdown, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

The federal budget impasse is over President Donald Trump's push for money to build a border wall. What they can't seem to agree on is what it should be spent on.

"I can't tell you when the government is going to reopen", he said. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it".

US President Donald Trump is visiting troops in Iraq, while the US government remains partially shut down. "It wasn't really (nerve-wracking), I just had to think of what the truth was".

"Nothing new. Nothing new on the shutdown". We need safety for our country. The new Congress begins on January 3 with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi appearing to have secured enough votes from her party to become speaker. But Democrats see the border wall as wasteful and ineffective.

"As the nation's top administrator [Trump] should be deeply concerned about the morale of his employees, the productivity of government agencies, and the ability of the government to attract and retain the best and the brightest", Paul Shearon, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), said in the statement.

The White House has demanded that Congress approve US$5 billion for constructing a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, a request Democrats have rejected as wasteful. As he fights for funding, President Trump claimed there is building being done already, specifically in San Diego, where he said the wall will be done soon.

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Mulvaney said he was waiting for Schumer's response.

Schumer's office has not responded to a request by ABC News for a comment.

Funding for about a quarter of all federal programs expired at midnight on Friday, including the departments of Justice, Agriculture and Homeland Security.

'Including (expected House of Represetatives leader) Nancy Pelosi, until i fired him, and once I fired him everybody said "Oh why did you fire him, why did you fire him?"

'The Democrats hated him, they were calling for his resignation, they were calling for his firing... including (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer... The House and Senate briefly gaveled into session on Christmas Eve before quickly closing again with no further action. Those who perform shift work, such as border patrol agents and airport security workers, have been unable to take time off and have been working without pay since Saturday, she said.

"Trump, who tweeted Monday that he was "all alone (poor me)" at the White House, said Tuesday that he would "rather not be doing shutdowns", saying he "wasn't able to be with my family" because he thought it would be wrong for me to be with" them in Florida while the government was closed.

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