U.S. shutdown: Trump to sign off on back pay for federal workers

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With some 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, Trump suggested the partial shutdown, which has clogged airport security lines and shuttered federal agencies, was going smoothly.

We're going to keep lifting up the voices of those who are impacted by President Trump and Republican Senators' shutdown.

But that may provide little relief for government employees, some of whom are being asked to come back to work after being initially furloughed and told to stay home, although they will not be paid on schedule.

The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the USA economy than the Trump administration previously estimated, the White House acknowledged.

The shutdown, already the longest ever, entered its 27th day Thursday.

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips said Wednesday that the fact that lawmakers of both parties were sitting down and talking with Trump was progress in itself.

More than half of Americans blame Trump for the government shutdown, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The White House announced that Trump has signed the bill in a brief statement Wednesday afternoon as the partial shutdown dragged into its 26th day. "People in the White House don't like hearing that". But none of the House Democrats took Trump up on the offer.

In a letter to Trump Monday, Pelosi cited "security concerns" due to the partial government shutdown and asked Trump to either not deliver the address until the government had reopened or to deliver it in writing on January 29, as was done regularly until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson in 1913.

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"The President and his team had a constructive meeting with bipartisan members of the problem solvers caucus".

On Tuesday, the White House had invited rank-and-file lawmakers to lunch with Trump at the White House as part of a strategy to build support from centrist Democrats and newly elected freshmen.

The Department of Homeland Security has estimated that $5 billion would pay for 375 kilometers (234 miles) of a "new physical barrier" on the southern border with Mexico that stretches more than 3,100 kilometers (just under 2,000 miles). Democrats have been largely unified in opposition to the wall, which Trump is insisting on funding as a condition of reopening the government.

McCarthy said to Pelosi: "You're speaker of the house".

Underscoring that, Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said Republicans were divided over a proposal by Sens.

A few days later, Trump threatened to shut down the government.

But on Tuesday, there was an updated figure: 0.13 percentage point every week. Two people who attended the White House meeting agreed it was "productive", but could not say to what extent Trump was listening or moved by the conversation. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del., for a three-week respite from the shutdown while negotiators seek agreement on wall money.

The letter from Pelosi is sure to irk the White House, which has yet to respond publicly. She told her team that the group can see what she and others have been dealing with in trying to negotiate with Trump. He said the "hope is this resolves quickly and that it won't have a major impact on the long-run outlook, even though it does have a major impact on individual lives".

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