US Govt Shutdown Set To Drag For Another Week As Trump Waits For Wall Funding

| December 28 , 2018 , 16:13 IST

The US government shutdown is all set to drag on to the next week as opposition Democrats and Republicans refused to show any sign of compromise to end the impasse over President Donald Trump's demand for US-Mexico border wall funding.

Trump refused to sign any stopgap spending bill that does not have provisions to fund a wall along the US-Mexico border which he said is essential to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.

He wanted USD 5 billion for extensions and improvements to a Mexico border barrier that he also made the centerpiece of his domestic political platform.

He argued that the United States needs protection from illegal immigration.

Democrats refused to provide $5 billion for Trump’s border wall project. They accused the president of overhyping the immigration problem for political gain and said that a wall is not the best form of border security.

Following weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the US government shut down on Saturday.

It affected about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and other agencies.

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After convening for just a few minutes following the official Christmas break, a still nearly empty Senate adjourned. 

It decided to renew budget deliberations only next Wednesday, the last day of the current Republican-controlled Congress.

President Trump continued to blame Democrats for the shutdown. In a tweet, Trump said the government shutdown is not about the wall.