Is the Booming Dow Why Trump Won't End the Shutdown?

Is the Booming Dow Why Trump Won't End the Shutdown?

Is the Booming Dow Why Trump Won't End the Shutdown?

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to reschedule the annual State of the Union address until the government fully reopens, as a partial government shutdown stretched into its 26th day with no signs of resolution.

The president, who said he would shut down the government if he didn't get more federal funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall, accused Pelosi of preventing Democrats from negotiating to end the weekslong shutdown.

A handful of Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham and Lisa Murkowski, circulated a bipartisan draft letter to Trump asking him to support a measure that would reopen the government for three weeks while they work on funding legislation that would address his concerns about border security.

Trump has still not said how he will handle Pelosi's attempt to have him postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened so workers can be paid for providing security for the grand Washington tradition. If the Senate were to pass these bills, we would be able to re-open the government and then proceed to a debate about immigration reform and border security.

The numbers are consistent with previous Pew Research data over the past three years, but the most recent survey of 1,505 adults conducted January 9-14, found that people have become more divided over the issue along partisan lines.

If Trump blinks first and temporarily halts the shutdown so negotiators can seek agreement, the White House and some Republicans worry there'll be no incentive pushing Democrats to cut a deal.

The effect on contractors, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said Tuesday, was one reason the White House upped its new estimate of the shutdown's cost.

Trump wrote a letter to Pelosi on Thursday informing her that her trip had been postponed and would be rescheduled after the shutdown.

"We believe that such requests deserve consideration, through regular order, a process we support", the draft letter continues.

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The White House has been trying to peel lawmakers away from Pelosi but Trump's invitations to Democrats earlier this week were declined.

FILE - Border wall prototypes stand in San Diego, California, near the U.S. -Mexico border, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 22, 2018.

In her letter, Pelosi referenced a dispatch from September from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen designating the State of the Union address as a "National Special Security Event".

As the shutdown enters its fourth week, the White House revealed to The New York Times on Tuesday that the USA economy is losing.13% economic growth per week.

Officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized just days before the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, which is likely to mean bigger airport crowds.

The shutdown is the longest ever, entering its 27th day Thursday.

The president has signed a bill to give some 800,000 federal workers back pay whenever the government reopens. 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.

Meanwhile a group of Republican senators headed to the White House later Wednesday.

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