He said he wanted it…
It’s his now…..
That as he tries to hold the country and federal employee’s Holiday paychecks against his foolhardy promise to build a wall with BILLIONS of taxpayer money…..
Federal agencies began at midnight Friday to shut down as a furious round of budget talks between the White House and congressional leaders failed to break the impasse over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
It was the third time this year that the federal government faced a shutdown, although this latest “lapse in appropriations” affects only about one-quarter of the vast federal bureaucracy. Roughly 800,000 federal employees are affected by the shutdown, and hundreds of thousands of them could face furloughs over Christmas week if a deal to fund their agencies and departments isn’t reached quickly.
The full impact of the shutdown won’t be felt over the weekend, and both Monday and Tuesday are federal holidays for government employees.
With a midnight deadline rapidly approaching, House Republican leaders informed their lawmakers that “no further votes are expected this evening,” adding that members will get 24 hours’ notice of any vote. The Senate adjourned later on Friday evening. No votes are scheduled in either chamber at this time.
Vice President Mike Pence, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner shuttled between congressional offices on Friday night as the talks dragged on, surrounded by a phalanx of U.S. Capitol Police officers, Secret Service agents, and White House aides.
“Will there be a resolution to everything, before midnight? Probably slim,” Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said as he left the sit-down with the White House officials.
That meeting broke up around 8:30 with no resolution – as had earlier talks – and neither the White House nor congressional leaders have announced any further talks on Saturday.
The Senate earlier voted to advance a House-passed spending bill, if only to keep talks going between Republicans and Democrats over Trump’s demand for $5 billion in new money for his wall…..