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e Senate will come to order.>> The US Senate opened on Monday, the third day of the partial government shutdown, but the Christmas Eve session didn't last long. The Senate adjourned without any talk of a resolution to the shutdown which is expected to last into the new year.
Until then, some 380,000 federal workers will remain on temporary leave. The hangup, President Donald Trump is demanding $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico. On Monday, Trump sounded off on Twitter, saying, I am all alone, poor me, in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed border security.
At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our country more money than the border wall we are all talking about, crazy. Talks are still under way with White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney saying Sunday, the administration made a counter offer to Democrats on funding between the Democratic offer of 1.3 billion and Trump's 5 billion.
Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, one of the last lawmakers on the Hill on Monday, said it was time for a deal.>> The paradox is that most people on the other side have voted for some degree of border security and the wall or the fence or the barrier, whatever you want to call it, before.
But now since it's become a political issue, both ways, why nobody's giving in. But they will, we'll get past this.>> But with the Senate adjourned until Thursday, and a new Congress convening January 3rd, a deal to reopen the government isn't expected anytime soon.