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Government shutdown set to drag on through Christmas, as 400,000 federal workers go without pay

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23.12.2018

The government is set to remain partially shut down through at least Thursday, because President Trump demanded billions of dollars in taxpayer money to fund a border wall he promised Mexico would pay for.

On Saturday, both the Senate and the House adjourned for the Christmas holiday, and the shutdown began just after midnight. Shortly before Congress adjourned, the Washington Post reported, Trump met with conservative Republicans and sent Vice President Mike Pence to meet with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY).

“The vice president came in for a discussion and made an offer. Unfortunately, we’re still very far apart,” a spokesperson for Schumer said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Trump said repeatedly he would “own” the shutdown.

“I will take the mantle,” Trump said during a meeting with Schumer and House........

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