A US Republican senator close to President Donald Trump has urged him to temporarily reopen the government for talks as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff absences closed an global airport concourse during the record 23-day shutdown.
The weeks-old stand-off over funding led to the partial government shutdown that hit day 23 on Sunday without an end in sight.
"Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we are nearly there, I would urge them to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug (to) see if we can get a deal", Graham said on "Fox News Sunday". "If we can't at the end of three weeks, all bets are off". Schumer just can not give in against President Trump's demands for border wall funding.
Mr Trump has kept Washington on edge over whether he would resort to such a declaration, citing what he says is a "crisis" of drug smuggling and the trafficking of women and children at the border.
But the South Carolina Republican tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump wants a deal first.
Although the president is now frustrated with the inaction of the Democrats, he does think this standstill could help Republicans in 2020. I think the legislative route is the best way to go.
But there was another election, in November, and the outcome of that is that Democrats now control the House and they refuse to give Trump money for a wall.
They have also proposed extending the Department of Homeland Security budget for another month, to allow time to negotiate on border issues.
Graham had earlier told reporters he would support Trump declaring an emergency in order to get the desired funds for dealing with what Trump claims is an immigration crisis on the southern U.S. border, voicing frustration that Democrats in the past had voted in favor of funding some barriers on the border yet have so far resisted Trump's demand. I want to help with DACA, but I'd rather have - because, you know, it's going to be before the Supreme Court very soon.
"I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".
Scaramucci said the fact the president made a pledge to build a wall the cornerstone of his campaign explains why he is "obsessed" with the plan now and described the fight as "an ego grudge they have to figure out a way to put aside".
Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believed Mr Trump and Republicans would lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, travellers, tourists and others "experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand".
Instead, Johnson said, he wants to "keep pressure on Democrats to actually come to the negotiating table in good faith and fund what they've supported in the past". He said the president had accepted a border security package that included money for a wall, then changed his mind.
He said that the ball was in the court of his political opponents, warning that "we will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work".
Durbin said the shutdown will end "when the Senate Republicans say, 'We've had enough".
He said Trump told him, "Let's make a deal, then open up the government".