He was trying make the case that unauthorized immigration was a national crisis that merited an appropriation of $5.7 billion for new border wall construction, an assertion Democratic lawmakers denied. Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, said on ABC's "This Week" that "one phone call" from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could get the ball rolling to reopen the government.
Milstead steered clear of partisan finger-pointing, but he pushed back against critics who say the wall will not work. The White House also was eyeing military construction money, another politically hard choice because it would take away from a backlog of hundreds of projects. Trump is expected to sign the bill.
U.S. media report the White House is considering diverting some of the $13.9 billion allocated past year by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall.
The National Federation of Federal Employees, National Association of Government Employees, the National Weather Service Employees Organization and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - representing a combined 244,000 members working in coastal Virginia, southern California, central Montana and the Washington area - filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Friday, demanding full compensation for time and overtime worked over the three weeks of the shutdown. Instead, McConnell last week vowed to stand with Trump in the wall debate, after the president met with all Senate Republicans and pleaded for party unity behind his wall quest.
"If we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built", he said.
The Washington Post/ABC News survey found that far more Americans blame Trump and the Republicans for the shutdown than blame the Democrats - by 53% to 29%.
The increase in support is sharpest among Republicans, whose backing for Trump's long-standing campaign promise jumped 16 points in the past year, from 71 per cent to 87 per cent. How are we going to pay rent? They missed their first paychecks on Friday, heightening concerns about mounting financial pressures on employees, including air traffic controllers and airport security officials who are working without pay.
President Donald Trump said yesterday he would not declare a national emergency "right now" to end a standoff over border security that has idled large swaths of the USA government, all but guaranteeing that he will preside over the longest shutdown in US history.
"The building of the Wall on the Southern Border will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!" "This country wants to have protection at the border", Trump said.
Trump is considering a possible national emergency declaration that would end the shutdown and allow him to obtain his wall funding by circumventing Congress.
The previous record dates back to the Clinton administration when a 21-day shutdown resulted from a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress that lasted from December 1995 to January 1996.
As the shutdown drags into a fourth week, each side has blamed the other.
"They think, 'Gee, we can hurt Trump, '" he said.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also has insisted that Trump end the shutdown first before any negotiating takes place. There is no plan, ' " Trump, 72, tweeted on Saturday, without indicating where he saw the report.
To Peters, "that's not border security".