No movement in settling record-long shutdown

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Last week, the talks broke down during a contentious meeting at the White House at which Trump walked out when told by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that she would continue to oppose the wall in border security negotiations, even if the government was reopened.

The House and the Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, as the shutdown entered its 22nd day.

Other possibilities included tapping asset forfeiture funds, including money seized by the Department of Justice from drug kingpins, according to a congressional Republican not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Democrats oppose that step but may be unable to stop it.

Some US media reports suggested the White House was considering diverting some of the $US13.9 billion allocated a year ago by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall. The California Democrat opposes spending money on what she calls an "ineffective, wasteful wall" along the US southern border.

Earlier, on Thursday, federal workers across the country rallied against the shutdown.

But there was another election, in November, and the effect of that is that Democrats now control the House and they refuse to give Trump money for a wall. Part of that promise was a Wall at the Southern Border. Women blame Trump and Republicans by a margin of 35 points, and men blame the president and the GOP by 13 points.

"No one knows what he will do, and the president has not decided yet, so it keeps everyone guessing", said one Republican close to the White House. The president also expressed misgivings about his visit to the border, believing it would do little to change anyone's mind.

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In his tweets Saturday, Trump reacted sharply to a televised comment that he lacks a strategy for ending the shutdown. "They can name it 'peaches'". It would allow him to tap unspent Defense dollars to pay for construction.

Such a move could put Republicans in a bind.

"He has done everything he can to harm California,"Garamendi told Reuters in a telephone interview, Some of Trump's fellow Republicans are warning against a disaster declaration, saying it would undercut Congress' power under the US Constitution to control government spending - and make it easier for a future Democratic president to bypass Capitol Hill". "But those same conservatives, I'm sure if it's deployed, would embrace him as having done all he could do to negotiate with Democrats".

The Democrats have threatened immediate legal action if Mr Trump declares a national emergency. Susan Collins of ME and Sen.

The president is expected in the new week to sign legislation passed by Congress to provide back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who aren't being paid during the shutdown.

"I think it is analogous to the governments you see all over the world declaring martial law, justifying whatever they want to do to whomever they want to, whenever they want to", Hoyer said this past Tuesday when asked about the concept.

"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.

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