Prolonged shutdown may cost more than wall Trump asked for

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Now, with President Donald Trump proposing an end-run around Congress to build his promised border wall with Mexico, many Republicans are uneasily cheering him on.

The dispute has disrupted everything from air travel to tax collection and suspended pay for 800,000 government workers.

"I can personally tell you, from the work I've done on the southwest border, that walls actually work", Judd said as Trump looked on.

Instead, the president urged lawmakers to provide him the US$5.7 billion (S$7.6 billion) he is seeking for border security. They don't see much value in her leadership to begin with, and now they are being called to unflinchingly back her holy war against Trump's Wall.

Trump was slated to spend the day speaking by phone to staff and lawmakers, one White House official said. "I have the absolute right", he insisted. But I'm not going to do it so fast.

The ongoing partial government shutdown entered its 22nd day on Saturday, breaking the record to become the longest government shutdown in United States history. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), a Trump ally and leader of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, on Thursday called such a declaration "inevitable".

The chamber adjourned without taking up the House-passed Bill.

With polls showing Trump getting most of the blame for the shutdown, the administration accelerated planning for a possible emergency declaration to try to get around Congress and fund the wall from existing sources of federal revenue. The White House also was eyeing military construction money, another politically hard choice because it would take away from a backlog of hundreds of projects.

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Trump already has threatened to withhold disaster-recovery approved in the wake of California wildfires.

The newspaper went on to argue that Trump would be on sounder legal footing than his predecessor, former President Obama, was when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was implemented by executive order, but that the president should not use a national emergency to fulfill a "campaign promise".

Nearly half of all Republicans (49 percent) say the situation at the border is a crisis, and 43 percent say it is serious but not a crisis.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo amplified that message on Sunday (Monday NZT), telling CBS' Face the Nation that the notion that the president is a threat to national security is "absolutely ludicrous". It is at least the third lawsuit filed by unions on behalf of unpaid workers. Some have resorted to selling their possessions or posting appeals on online fundraising outlets to help pay their bills. He said he expected Trump would make that move in a matter of "days, not weeks", according to the Post.

The head of the US Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting Trump, warned employees that financial stress can lead to depression and anxiety.

This reiterates several of his current talking points, with Trump attempting to paint a picture of democrats ignoring real issues while Government employees are left without pay and crimes occur along the southern border.

"Your families will get your pay cheque", he told US Customs and Border Protection officers at the agency's Washington headquarters.

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