The Government Shutdown has reportedly tied the record for the longest Government shutdown at 21 days.
Congress is heading home for the weekend after a final round of negotiations to end the 21-day budget stalemate failed, guaranteeing that the partial government shutdown will become the longest in history.
With no headway made over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall, Republican and Democratic leaders have begun to take seriously the president’s threat to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and secure billions of dollars for a border barrier. No bipartisan talks are scheduled, and the president and Democratic leaders have not budged an inch from their position in three weeks.
Trump’s executive action, which could be announced as early as Friday, would set off a scramble of legal action by House Democrats. Republicans are divided over whether to restrain the president: Some believe it would claw away power from Congress, but others think it will be an elegant way out of the shutdown.
"Even if the president's got authority to do it, I'd advise against it. And I would think that each side ought to be laying something on the table and negotiating," said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the most senior GOP senator.
He declined to say if he would vote to block the president from doing so and said it's likely a negotiating tactic: "The president sees it more as a lever to get things on the table and get negotiations going."
People in both parties seem hopeful that the emergency declaration would at least restart the government, even if it's legally dubious.
“Declaring it an emergency, I suppose, serves a political function for him but then it relocates the whole controversy into the courts,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “If that’s what it takes to reopen the government, most of us will probably stomach our misgivings about it and hope that the rule of law will prevail.”
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