Donald Trump says government shutdown could last ‘for a long time’

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"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion-dollar wall on the border", the California Democrat said on CNN's "State of the Union".

An impasse with lawmakers over funding for the border wall - Trump is demanding $5.6 billion, while Senate Democrats have offered $1.3 billion - has partially shut down the federal government since December 22.

Democrats agreed there had been little movement Saturday, saying the White House did not budge on the president's key demand, $5.6 billion to build a wall along the U.S.

With the partial shutdown in its third week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds.

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But Mick Mulvaney also raised the possibility of changing the construction materials used to build a barrier on the border with Mexico in order to reach a compromise between President Donald Trump and Democrats.

A first round of talks between White House and congressional aides on Saturday ended with no resolution to the 15-day-old shutdown, with both sides accusing the other of not giving any ground, according to the Associated Press. Discussions ended a few hours later without any progress. "I think that's by intention", said Mulvaney, who is serving as the top White House aide in an acting capacity.

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House Democrats plan to pass a series of Bills this week to reopen government, breaking up the legislation they have already approved in a bid to get Republicans to agree to reopen parts of the government, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on "Meet the Press". "Whatever action he takes will certainly be lawful, and we're looking at every option we can".

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The Office of Personnel Management directed federal agencies to hold off on issuing expected pay raises for a number of senior government officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet members, in a memo Friday evening. This is the fourth-longest government shutdown - partial or full - in the past 40 years. Agents of the Transportation Security Administration, who man airports, are calling in sick in larger numbers rather than work without pay.

Federal courts will run out of money January 11, according to the administrative office of the USA courts. Now, limited staffing is being blamed for the death of three people at national parks, visas are being delayed, student loans aren't being serviced, housing subsidies aren't being issued and the Smithsonian Institution museums, the National Gallery of Art and the National Zoo have been closed, ruining thousands of tourist trips to the capital.

Democrats, who took control of the House of Representatives last week, passed a Bill to reopen the government without providing additional funding for the wall, and have insisted that reopening the government should not be contingent upon wall construction funds. In addition, leaders of the Republican-controlled Senate vowed to reject the resolution for the very same reason.

Republican Susan Collins of ME wants the Senate to take up House-passed bills to re-open the government. Many details of Border Security were discussed.

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